Foraging Rules

argylesock says… There’s not a lot of foraging to do in Britain just now, but it won’t be long before the stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) come into season.

The Loony Gardener


Foraging – getting your food from the wild.  Sounds adventurous, romantic, and it’ll save you money.  So let’s get out and pick some stuff…..

For the most part of mankind’s history, that’s just what we did.  The natural world was our supermarket, before we got too clever by half.

But, I’m not sure what would happen if one day everyone woke up and said, hey everyone, let’s get our food from the wild today!   To prevent our wild food enthusiasm from getting out of hand, there are some rules, or guidelines, to bear in mind.

1.  Leave plenty. You don’t take all the blackberries so there’s none left for the birds, or anyone else.  Take what you need and leave plenty for others.

2.  Another take on point 1.  If there’s only one, leave it.  For example, take mushrooms.  Now mushrooms are the fruiting body of the fungus, and…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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