If you are thinking about doing some foraging of your own then this is the post for you! A complete guide to make the most of your own forging walk. The dos and don’ts and other tips to help you successfully forage and use all of the stuff you collect.
It may sound odd but having the right tools to harvest what you are seeking is key to both your comfort and efficiency while foraging. Obviously, the exact equipment will vary depending on what your target plants but here’s a list of the things I always bring with me.
Bags are great for collecting leafy things. Small scissors are also a must.
- Scissors – These are crucial to harvest leafy plants such as nettles and wild garlic. They also help prevent damage to the plants’ root systems by reducing the need for pulling on plant stems.
- Bags and Containers – These allow you to transport your harvest home and store it, if necessary. I recommend bags for leafy items and containers for more fragile items such as berries.
- Gloves – Gardening gloves are best but even washing up gloves are better than nothing. This is particularly important when you are foraging for or near plants that sting or have thorns such as nettles or brambles.
- Plant Identification Guide – This is important so that you can as sure as possible that what you’re picking is the tasty stuff rather than the potentially poisonous stuff!
Choosing the right location for your foraging walk is key to its success. The areas that usually work best are places with a high density of diverse habitats. This gives you the best chance of finding the greatest variety of plants to forage. It is best to do it on public land such as country parks – for example, Roslyn Glen Country Park.
A map of where your foraging can help you navigate and see the areas of habitat best for foraging different species.(http://burdigala777.canalblog.com/archives/2011/04/10/20857763.html)
Before setting out on your foraging walk think about what you plan to forage and what you will use it for. The seasonal nature of foraging means that what is available is always changing – so make sure you check what is in season. You can find this info on my first blog post “In the beginning”. It’s also important to plan what you will do with what you collect. There’s very little point in taking things you have no use for. This simply involves looking up recipes online or for the very adventurous trying to create your own recipes with foraged produce.
Stronger containers work better for berries as they protect them for damage
This may sound dull but there are some key rules to remember when foraging.
- Never pick and eat something unless you know it’s safe to eat. This is important for your safety.
- Only take what you will use. This helps protect foraged environments from over harvesting and reduces food waste and you’ll have less carry. Everyone wins!
- Don’t remove plants from the ground. This allows plants to regrow and recover and prevents unnecessary environmental damage and erosion.
That’s just about all you need to know to have your own foraging walk. Happy foraging!