Foraging recipes

Although nowadays we get most, if not all, of our food from shops, foraging is a very rewarding activity. It takes us out into nature, and connects us with our local environment and species where we learn how to identify different plants and the animals that also feed on those plants, or live nearby.

However, free food from the countryside must be done responsibly. Author and forager David Hamilton discusses how to forage sustainably, and the laws about foraging.


A lot of different plants produce berries and other fruits that are suitable for human consumption. The most well-known are blackberries (from bramble) and sloes (from blackthorn). These recipes share a variety of ways to use berries, including infusing spirits, making syrups and in baking.