A common sight around the country for most of the year Puffballs grow in a range of environments and can be very numerous. All are edible
This article is mainly about the Lycoperdon family but also includes the Calvatia and Bovista species. Geastrum, the Earth Stars are not included here as they are not edible.
Identifying Boletus Mushrooms
How to identify members of the Boletaceae family of fungi. A family that with a few simple rules will mean you can safely find and identify edible members of this culinary treat of a mushroom.
Wild Mushrooms for beginners
These are a selection of what we think are the safest mushrooms for novice foragers to look for and eat.
Sticking to these and following the rules properly should give you a good introduction to the world of foraging for edible wild mushrooms.
Russulas / Brittlegills
How to identify the Russula family of mushrooms. A fairly safe bet for the inexperienced mushroom hunter.
Once you know you have a Russula, there is a imple test to see whether you have one of the edible ones or not. Read this article to find out more.
Giant Hogweed Identification
Hogweed is one of our favourite edible plants with various great flavours giving it multiple uses in the kitchen.
It does have a very dangerous big brother though so here's an article to help you make sure you don't mistake the two!
Videos on each.
Making Elderflower Champagne
Identifying the Elder Tree and Making Elderflower Champagne the easy way. With videos on how to identify the tree and prepare the champagne.
This simple recipe is the easiest we know of and we hope you enjoy it.
Tales From the Mill Part 9
Whats been happening at the Mill.
Sustainable foraging, and the general do's and don'ts of foraging.
How to help some of the mushrooms you pick
A hole in our Chimney, and an Elderberry Wine recipe ;)
Horsell Common Autumn Forage
The rainiest course of the year so far. The weather didn't dampen any spirits though and the mushrooms were out in force :). Horsell Common is now going to be on the callendar each year.
Banstead Autumn Forage 2
We had two great days in Banstead. Starting from The Woodman and then barely losing sight of the pub on this loosely circular, short walk. Found loads to talk about and plenty to cook up at the end. Gourmet mushroom dip was our favourite bit :)
Warlingham Autumn Forage 2
The last walk of the season and it didn't let us down, we found plenty of fungi and some of the plants didnt know what season it was so we even found some spring shoots as well.
Croydon Autumn Forage 2
We changed venues at the last minute from Warlingham to Croydon, and were rewarded with one of our largest hauls of goumet mushrooms this Autumn :).
Thanks to the Royal Standard for being so hospitable ;).
Ledbury Foraging Course Notes
This was our first walk in Ledbury and the rain just managed to hold off until we had finished. The Farmers Arms was great and we hope to come back in Spring.
Ludlow Autumn Course Notes
We found loads of Wood Blewits and Red Cracked Boletus and different types of Parasol around Mortimers Forest along with loads of other plants and fungi.
Cardiff Autumn Course Notes 2
Bute park is one of our favourite places to hold courses as it contains most of the goodies we are looking for at this time of year, as well as some of the most poisonous plants in Britain. Plus it is a beautiful park to walk around and the wet weather just about held off.
Ashton Foraging Course Notes
Ashton Under Hill provided us with two large feasts from the amount of Parasol mushrooms we found and although soggy underfoot the rain just about held off both days.
Croydon Foraging Course Notes
A great walk from our old local, The Standard in central Croydon, we wanted to prove a point that you can forage almost anywhere in the UK!
Exeter Autumn Course Notes
We had beautiful weather while out foraging but had to change venues at the last minute as the hot and dry September meant the mushrooms thought it was summer.
We went to Haldon Forest and found fungi and salad ingredients and showed you some mushrooms at the Double Locks.
Here is a reminder of the things we found and talked about.
Warlingham Fungi Course Notes
The very dry September had us worried so we brought along some mushrooms to show you at the start but on the days we did find some mushrooms and other edible delights.
Every one braved the weather on the wet walk and every one else enjoyed the sunny walks although Marlow and I were wishing for colder, wetter weather as it is good for the mushrooms..
Here's a reminder of what we shoiwed you and what we found.
Banstead Autumn Course Notes
These were our first Autumn courses from the Woodman so we weren't too sure of what we would find but amounst other things the host of Field Mushrooms on the cricket pitch provided enough fungi for three feasts!
We had plenty of mushrooms to show you and talk about at the beginning and a fair few on the walk so here is a reminder of what we found.
New Forest Autumn Course Notes
We found plenty of choice mushrooms and salad leaves in the beautiful New Forest and had sunny weather as well so all in all a great weekend. Here is a reminder of the things we found and talked about.
Mortimers Forest Autumn 2014
This is a list of the mushrooms and a few other plants that we found on our successful forage around Mortimers Forest.
Identifying White Mushrooms
Not all mushrooms that look good are edible. This is an Article on how to identify some of the safer white mushrooms, and how to avoid some of the deadly poisonous ones too.
Always use multiple sources of identification when mushroom foraging!
Mushrooms, Poisonous or Edible?
The simple answer to this is that you can't tell the difference without identifying the individual mushroom you have found. Some poisonous mushrooms can kill so you must be able to accurately name the fungus and be 100% sure of what it is before consumption.
Cardiff / Ludlow spring forages
Spring foraging course notes from 2014 at Cardiff and Ludlow
Tales from the Mill Part 8
We're still scratching our heads over what to do about the landslide.
We've had a new canine addition to the Wild Food UK Team.
The St Georges Mushrooms are out.
Himalayan Balsam. The feared invasive plant that is literally taking over our river banks.
Hemlock Water Dropwort. The most poisonous plant in the country!
Surrey Early Spring 2014
Surrey Spring Foraging Course Notes From 2014 in Warlingham and Banstead.
Rosehips on a kitchen Table
Rosehips on a Kitchen Table
Seasonal Recipes For Foragers And Foodies
We were sent this little book a while ago to review, and we have to give it the thumbs up :)
Foraging at Great Fosters
Foraging and Fine dining at Great Fosters near Virginia Water. Great Fosters is a former Royal Hunting Lodge, and is now a Luxury Hotel.
Tales From the Mill Part 7
Winter at the Mill has been cold and very very wet. We've had a landslide, and found some more problems, but the foraging is getting good again, and we now have a lovely bathroom :)
The garden needs work but we have some lovely wild food growing already.
Plus the Wild Garlic is out so try our Wild Garlic Pesto recipe :)
Food Festivals 2014
We have been given the great opportunity to attend some food festivals in some of Britains finest estates. We will be taking groups of people foraging in the beautiful grounds throughout the day plus some talks about where and when to find wild foods and a Wild Food Uk stall. Places on these walks can be booked through our website or you can turn up on the day although numbers for the walks are limited.
Sudeley Castle Food Festival, 11th, 12th and 13th July.
Leeds Castle Food Festival, 12th,13th and 14th September.
Polesden Lacey Food Festival, 3rd, 4th and 5th October.
Tales From The Mill Part 6
Commercial foraging, lots of mushrooms and a cold wet mill...
Tales From The Mill Part 5
Signal Crayfish, loads of fungi, and we finally have a toilet!
Tales From The Mill Part 4
Sun, wild swimming, the fox hunt debate, fitting a sewage system, the truth about hay and some wild summer food :)
Tales From The Mill Part 3
Hornets... and getting to know the local farmers, finding out about what they do, and having a bit of a rant.
Some more wild food, some more heavy work, and constantly running out of chopped wood.
Plus some new mushrooms and a plant to make soap from.
Tales From The Mill Part 2
The Wild Food Mill is taking shape.
Find out about the wild plants we've been eating, what's growing in our wood, and what some of the local animals have been up to.
There's been loads of walks, wild food and hard work... And there will be plenty more!
Featuring, St Georges Mushrooms, Ground Elder, Pignut and Burdock.
Surrey Spring Forages 2013
All the plants and fungi we found in our mid April courses in Croydon. It looks like we talked about at least 40 plants :)
Tales from the Mill - Part 1
Eric and I have just taken on a bit of a rescue project :) We've moved into a 16th Century water mill in Shropshire, where we are going to be living for the next four years. The mill has a little under an acre of land including woodland which we hope to seed with a variety of edible wild plants, and some ground for veg, bees and possibly chickens, but unfortunately the mill stream has been diverted so that we have no direct access to it and the mill itself needs a huge amount of work..
Wild Food UK Make the News
We had a great weekend in Cardiff, including getting in the news!
Late Summer Forage
A Late Summer / Early Autumn forage, pictures and some of the things we found
Identifying the Blusher
Identifying the Blusher, (Amanita rubescens), often overlooked because of its similarities to the Panther Cap (Amanita pantherina)
Making Fruit Leathers
Making Fruit Leathers without added pectin.
A tasty and healthy way to preserve fruit.