Food Forage in Ireland September 2016

Food Forage in Ireland September 2016

Food Foraging - Going Wild

 

 Wild Food Foraging in Ireland with Mary Bulfin at Crann Og Eco Farm.  A charming group of folk joined us for a very interesting and informative day out. Mary led the group from all walks of life through the farm and woods to forage for edible wild plants and fruits.

What a feast! We learned about mushrooms, big ones, tiny ones, tasty ones and poisonous ones… Looking in the hedgerows, wandering over the fields of Crann Og Eco Farm we found many weeds that turned out to be tasty and medicinal as well!

There were plenty of wild berries and plums to pick and eat, especially blackberries, so many blackberries! We also learned about the health benefits of nettle seeds, they are rich in minerals, great for skin and hair, as well as the kidneys and urinary system.

Yes, eating weeds is definitely possible and probably the most sustainable way to get rid of them – or at least use them! Eat them in salads, pestos, soups, bake them into bread and cookies or make tea out of them.  Remember…they are actually Wild Foods!

But before you go out, remember to inform yourself about edible plants in your region, read books or better – attend a course!

The next Wild Food Day in late autumn will be on October 22nd. Starts at 10am and finishes around 4pm. Mushroom hunting, making preserves and much more!

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Wild Food Mary & Jack Roberts

What a joyous day we spent in the woods with Wild Food Mary and Jack Roberts foraging for mushrooms and wild food.

It was a very grounding and relaxing experience to be in the woods for most of the day learning from two local experts all about fungi.  We spent the day learning from these folk and then applying our new found knowledge as we embarked on what felt like a treasure hunt in nature.

Mary provided much local info about all the most edible fungi to be found.  Jack complimented this with additional local knowledge and deeper research into fungi and the roe of mycelium in the woods.

And the day culminated in a feast cooked by ourselves from all the goodies we had foraged that day!  Absolutely delicious and such a joy to eat food we found in the wilderness, and cooked together!

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