Food and foraging experiences

Knotweed Syrup 

Knotweed Syrup 

This has a flavour similar to rhubarb syrup; it can be used for making knotweed lollipops, as well as Japanese knotweed lemonade which is lovely with added lemon and salt. The great thing about this recipe is the fact that it can be done later in the year with the older knotweed stems which are tooContinue Reading Knotweed Syrup 

Bilberry

Bilberry

Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus Known Hazards: The Plant has high tannin content and if eaten to excess can affect digestion. Avoid eating if taking anti-coagulating medication. Could be confused with: Other Closely Related species in the Vaccinium Genus, Vaccinium uliginosum, Vaccinium cespitosum, Vaccinium deliciosum, Vaccinium membranaceum, Vaccinium ovalifolium all of which are similarly edible. Range and Distribution: The UK, Europe, Iceland to Spain, Northern Asia, Habitat: Woodlands, Heaths and Moors, enjoying acidic soil and dampContinue Reading Bilberry

Optimal Foraging Theory

Optimal Foraging Theory

Optimal foraging theory (OFT) is a model that helps predict how an animal behaves when searching for food. Although obtaining food provides the animal with energy, searching for and capturing the food require both energy and time. The animal wants to gain the most benefit (energy) for the lowest cost during foraging, so that it can maximizeContinue Reading Optimal Foraging Theory

What is Foraging?

What is Foraging?

What exactly is foraging? it’s a classic question that may be answered in a number of ways depending who you ask. All the beekeepers I’ve ever asked tell me that foraging is what the bees do when they go out looking for nectar and pollen. If you were to ask me I’d almost agree withContinue Reading What is Foraging?

Totally Wild Kitchen

Totally Wild Kitchen

I’m really happy to announce our first Totally Wild UK, wild food, kitchen is set to open in Macclesfield in February 2017. From here we can test new recipes out and cook up our well loved recipes in a clean and professional kitchen. The wild food kitchen will give us the opportunity to really getContinue Reading Totally Wild Kitchen