Foraging the UK in Autumn

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 and Summer posts, here’s what we have for the Autumn months, of course it is possible for these plants to be out earlier or later depending on the climate for the year. We’ll be following this post up with more seasonal lists. 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

Beefsteak fungus
Beefsteak fungi
Blewit mushroom
Blewit
Cauliflower fungus
Cauliflower fungi
cep mushrooms
Ceps
Chanterelle
Chanterelle
Field mushroom
Field
giant puffball
Giant puffball
Hedgehog mushroom
Hedgehog fungi
Honey fungus
Honey fungi
Horse mushroom
Horse
Jew's ear fungus
Jew’s ear fungi
oyster mushroom
Oyster
Parasol mushroom
Parasol
Saffron milk cup mushrooms
Saffron milk cap
fairy ring champignons - scotch bonnet
Scotch bonnet
Shaggy ink cap
Shaggy ink cap
Summer truffle
Summer truffles
velvet shank mushrooms
Velvet shank

Ground plants

Black mustard
Black mustard
Burdock root
Burdock root
Chickweed
Chickweed
Common comfrey
Common comfrey
Dandelion root
Dandelion roots
good king henry
Good king henry
heather flowers
Heather flowers
Horseradish
Horseradish
jack by the hedge
Jack by the hedge
Corn poppy
Poppy seeds
rock samphire
Rock samphire
sea beet
Sea beet
silverweed
Silverweed
stinging nettles
Stinging nettles
wild chicory
Wild chicory
Wild marjoram, Oregano
Wild marjoram
Wild mint
Wild mint
Wild strawberry
Wild strawberry
Yarrow
Yarrow

Shrubs, Hedges, and Vines

Bilberry
Bilberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Hawthorn berries
Hawthorn berries
Hops
Hops
Raspberry
Raspberry
Rosehip
Rosehip
Sloe
Sloe

Trees

Acorns
Acorns
Beechnuts
Beechnuts
Crab apples
Crab apples
Elderberries
Elderberries
Hazelnut
Hazelnut
Juniper
Juniper
Medlar
Medlar
Rowan berries
Rowan berries
Sweet chestnut
Sweet chestnut
Walnuts
Walnuts
Wild service tree
Wild service tree
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