Is there anything more glorious than fresh ice cream in the sunshine? Wild strawberries (Fragaria vesca) are bursting with flavour from June to August, and can be found growing on grassy banks, woodlands, scrub and chalky soil.
Wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is a wonderfully aromatic herb, and just a sprinkle will bring this recipe to life. Look out for it on heathland, dry grasses and sandy soils, where it attracts bees and common blue butterflies.
Serve in scoops with chewy meringue or squashed into a cone for long walks in the woods.
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More summer foraging recipes:
- Caster sugar 60g
- Wild strawberries 300g, rinsed
- Wild thyme 1/2 tsp, rinsed and chopped
- Lemon zest 1/2 a lemon, grated
- Whole milk 150ml
- Double cream 150ml
- Egg yolks 3, beaten
This is a recipe from Food You Can Forage by Tiffany Francis, published Bloomsbury Wildlife.
Main image: Fresh wild strawberries. © Tobias Titz/Getty