Foraging plants and their uses; an easy guide by Mike Poulton

Nettle tops can be used as long as they look like this!

Foraging has been done for centuries but is hopefully getting a bit of a revival, people like to have a connection with nature again, especially with their daily exercise in lockdown situation and what a better way to do this then to go out there and forage!

So today I would like to introduce you to a document received from fellow botanist Mike Poulton, who used to do training sessions on foraging for wild plants.  It was published before in my blog in 2018 but now with the aid of Gutenberg editing it can be made even more attractive.

The edible parts of the native plants are listed with their common names and categorized in 5 sections: leaves and shoots (1), herbs (2), edible flowers (3), fruits and seeds (4) and roots (5).

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Comfrey, Knitbone or Symphytum spp.

Flowers from the Comfrey, growing along a nearby river.

There is so much information concerning the comfrey which is like the plants in the blog of last week, also in the Boraginaceae Family. Therefore this week my blog will concern itself purely with comfrey.

This week’s blog coincides with the 60 years anniversary of the Garden Organic movement, see more about the society here.

There was a whole article on comfrey in the latest edition of their membership magazine and I would like to share some of it with you:

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