Foraging the UK in Summer

When foraging please remember to be safe and respectful. Here are a couple pointers:

  1. Be 100% sure.  This is for your own health & safety! Many plants have poisonous lookalikes, so start with plants you really know.  Use a good plant identification guide, or even better, a local person who can identify the plants with you the first few times, until you are confident that you can identify the plant from lookalikes.  If you’re still nervous – you can always grow your own plants from seed, so you are 100% sure of the origin!
  2. Consider the environment. Wild food is usually free of pesticides and fertilizers, but you need to watch out for other things such as pollution and animals.  Pick away from busy roads, “above dog height”, and avoid water plants near cattle.
  3. Allow for continuation.  Always leave more than you take.  Try to pick a little from several different locations rather than stripping one location. Pick a few leaves from each plant rather than all the leaves from one.
  4. Be aware of your rights. In England, you can forage for personal use, but not if you’re making products to sell.  Check your local laws for rules in your own area. Don’t pick on private property or in conservation areas.

We’ve been collecting a list of edible plants in the UK. Following on from the Spring post, here’s our collection for Summer, of course it is possible for these plants to be out earlier or later depending on the climate for the year. Each image links to an information page about the plant. If you know of any edible plants not included, or of better information about them, please do let us know in the comments.

Mushrooms and Fungi

Cauliflower fungus
Cauliflower fungi
cep mushrooms
Ceps
Chanterelle
Chanterelle
Field mushroom
Field
giant puffball
Giant puffball
Hedgehog mushroom
Hedgehog fungi
Horse mushroom
Horse
Parasol mushroom
Parasol
fairy ring champignons - scotch bonnet
Scotch bonnet
Shaggy ink cap
Shaggy ink cap
st georges mushroom
St George’s
Summer truffle
Summer truffles

Ground plants

Black mustard
Black mustard
Common comfrey
Common comfrey
Common mallow
Common mallow
Corn poppy
Corn poppy 
good king henry
Good king henry
goose grass
Goosegrass
Ground elder
Ground elder
heather flowers
Heather flowers
Horseradish
Horseradish
Marsh samphire
Marsh samphire
milk thistle
Milk thistle
stinging nettles
Stinging nettles
ramsons
Ramsons
rock samphire
Rock samphire 
sea beet
Sea beet
sea purslane
Sea purslane
silverweed
Silverweed
Sweet cicely
Sweet cicely
wild chicory
Wild chicory
Wild fennel
Wild fennel
Wild marjoram, Oregano
Wild marjoram
Wild mint
Wild mint
wild rocket
Wild rocket leaves
Wild rose flower
Wild rose flower
Wild strawberry
Wild strawberry
Wild thyme
Wild thyme
Yarrow
Yarrow

 

Shrubs, Hedges, and Vines

Blackberry
Blackberry
Blackcurrant
Blackcurrant
Bilberry
Bilberry
Gooseberry
Gooseberry
hop shoots
Hop shoots
Raspberry
Raspberry
Redcurrant
Redcurrant
Rosehip
Rosehip

Trees

Crab apples
Crab apples
elderflower
Elderflower
Elderberries
Elderberries
Green walnuts
Green walnuts
Hazelnut
Hazelnut
Lime blossom
Lime blossom

 

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