As the seasons change, walks in the countryside can be enriched by being on the look-out for edible plants and herbs. The stunningly illustrated ‘Edible Wild Plants & Herbs’ by Pamela Michael, which arrived in the Library this week, shows you how to forage for fun!
This book teaches us the skills lost by many of us in the supermarket age –where to find edible wild foods and how to recognise them. A calendar of what to seek out during each season makes it simple to know what to look for and when.
Beautiful paintings by Christabel King, who was Chief Botanical Artist at Kew Gardens, makes recognising the plants easier and they are such a joy to study. The plants covered are not limited to the UK but include many which can be found all over the world.
Upon finding the plants and herbs, we are presented with a wealth of ways to prepare and cook with them. There is an array of beautiful recipes to suit all tastes from Bilberry Muffins to Goosefoot Flan and Sparkling Peppermint Tea to the unusual-sounding Scurvy Grass Sandwiches!
Originally published 35 years ago, this book is just as relevant today. The author does warn that care should be taken not to take too much when you do find it. Wild foraging has grown popular. It is noted, however, that most of the items in the book are fairly abundant.
You can find further details of Edible Wild Plants & Herbs : a Compendium of Recipes and Remedies on our main catalogue.