Rich pick­ings

YOU CAN MAKE EV­ERY­THING FROM TEA TO TONER WITH SPRING BLOS­SOM AND SHOOTS FOUND IN THE HEDGEROW. ALL YOU NEED IS THE RIGHT AD­VICE AND A FEW RECIPES

The Simple Things - - LIVING -

There are few things more sat­is­fy­ing than tak­ing a long coun­try walk, recog­nis­ing plants along the way and gath­er­ing them for your own food and medicine. Get to know the plants in your lo­cal area with all of your senses – how do they look, what do they feel like, do they have a par­tic­u­lar smell? Once you can do this, fields and hedges will no longer be a sea of green and plants will be­come as in­di­vid­u­ally recog­nis­able as old friends. »

Pho­tog­ra­phy: SARAH CUTTLE Recipes & ad­vice: KIM WALKER & VICKY CHOWN

Early sum­mer is a bril­liant time for for­ag­ing in the UK: new shoots are fresh and perky, wild gar­lic (top right) is plen­ti­ful, soon fol­lowed by elder­flow­ers (mid­dle right) and el­der leaves (right), which, in­fused, are said to ward off flies and mos­qui­tos

KIM WALKER and VICKY CHOWN are authors of The Hand­made Apothe­cary (Kyle Books). Kim is a plant re­searcher at the Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, and Vicky is a med­i­cal herbal­ist and runs a Lon­don com­mu­nity gar­den. hand­madeapothe­cary.co.uk

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