HOWTO FOR­AGE

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Cover Story -

Es­sen­tial equip­ment: old wash­ing-up or gar­den­ing gloves, scis­sors, a large bag, ideally a dog or a friend and a tune to whis­tle.

Keep your eyes open as you walk and when you stop ev­ery now and then to ad­mire the view, check around your feet. You will be amazed how of­ten some­thing de­li­cious and ed­i­ble is grow­ing there.

Try to keep the dif­fer­ent types of leaves and flow­ers you col­lect more or less sep­a­rate in your bag, oth­er­wise you will have to spend pre­cious min­utes sep­a­rat­ing them once you are back in the kitchen.

Do re­mem­ber that not ev­ery for­ag­ing ex­pe­di­tion is go­ing to re­sult in arm­fuls of nat­u­ral bounty, so don’t worry if you re­turn home empty handed. The sim­ple ex­er­cise of look­ing for plants and herbs is sooth­ing in it­self, and above all en­ables you to re­con­nect with the nat­u­ral world.

Al­ways dou­ble check that your bounty is safe to eat.

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