Urban foraging

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Urban foraging

Post by Maddosammo » Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:33 pm

I was on IRTH recently and was looking at there urban foraging post and it got me thinking. What have you got in your local area in terms of free food that can be foraged.

Personally I know I have 5 fruit bearing trees in the local area. With several bushes again fruit bearing and many other things.

Anyone else had this idea?


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Re: Urban foraging

Post by 12mp82 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:12 am

IRTH?

Locally; apple, cherry, Blackberry, mushrooms, elderberries, Sloe's, Green gages, Damsons.
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Re: Urban foraging

Post by Arzosah » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:35 am

Apples, blackberries, a damson, sloe, hawthorn, silver birch and wild roses.

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Re: Urban foraging

Post by essgee23 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:00 am

blackberries, plums, sloes, mushrooms in a woods 10miles away but visited often, pears, apples, cooking apples, might try some rosehip jelly this year and was going to give birch sap a test but didnt get round to it properly.

oh and the woods also has wild raspberries. I think there are wild strawberries too but near a nasty industrial area...

walnut tree and various hazel trees all around.

plenty of unexplored hedgerows that are on the list o be checked this year.

have been looking for various roots (horseradish etc) on last few walks and will keep going with this.

little gems food for free book always in rucjsak helps. :D

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Urban foraging

Post by Maddosammo » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:40 pm

12mp82 wrote:IRTH?

Locally; apple, cherry, Blackberry, mushrooms, elderberries, Sloe's, Green gages, Damsons.

Sorry ITRH, into the rabbit hole. You can tell I wrote that late at night.

Hedgerows can be marvellous things.
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Re: Urban foraging

Post by junmist » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:39 pm

Off the top of my head with in 5 miles here goes
Trees
Hazel-Hawthorn-Beech-Lime- Pine- Apple- Pear-Cherry- Plums-Blackthorn- Elder

Shrubs
Blackberry-Rasberry

Others
Nettles-Watercress-Comfrey- Common mallow-Corn Poppy-Sorrel-Dandelion-Cowparsley-Fat Hen-Cowslip-Chickweed-Hedge garlic

Mushrooms
Chicken of the woods- Giant Puff ball-Jews ear- Parasol mushroom
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Re: Urban foraging

Post by 12mp82 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:13 pm

Well if we are going 5 to 10 miles, How long a list can we get. that is a massive area of ground to forage, even in a town or city.

Sweet chestnut
acorns
hazel nuts
Walnuts
Rowan berries
Raspberries
Strawberries
Apples (assorted varieties)
Pears
Blackberries
Rose hips
Hawthorn
Bullace
Cherry
Elderberry
Plums

And many many more ;)
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Re: Urban foraging

Post by short circuit » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:24 am

got most of the above in my back garden, if you find raspberys blackberrys goose berrys ect growing in the wild lare some off,i.e. put a lenth to the ground and put a stone on it go back later in the year and the section will have roots on under the stone just cut it off and walk away with it in your bag ;) you can do it with most fruits strawberrys send off runners.

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Re: Urban foraging

Post by Arzosah » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:42 am

Dandelions in my garden, yes :) but oh, I wish I had a walnut tree I knew of nearby! Sweet chestnut, yes, in a nearby wood. And rowan berries on the rec. ground in front of my house, forgot about them!
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Re: Urban foraging

Post by poppypiesdad » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:58 pm

Mc Donalds , KFC, Pizza Hut and Chip shop all withing 5 miles

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