5 New Year Foraging Plants You Need to Know

I grew up in a community were foraging was considered normal. Descended from 1,500 years of a nomadic lifestyle Food for Free was not just some folksy fad, it kept us alive but knowledge is so easily lost. Thankfully the good people of PEA run Introduction to Foraging days for their volunteers and there are a few of our finds from an overcast day in January at Lopwell Dam Nature Reserve. 1: Wild Onion (Allium vineale) Wild Onion known as field onion, field garlic, wild onion, wild chives and crow’s garlic is an innocuous little plant that to the casual … Continue reading 5 New Year Foraging Plants You Need to Know

Fun Fact: Rabbit meat can kill you.

Survivalist and Preppers, Bushcrafters and people who simply like being in the outdoors, it’s all the rage learning to live off the land. Some people simply have gardens or allotments, maybe a hobby farm but there are those who take it a little further and want the knowledge of surviving the wilderness. Perhaps they are paranoid of the apocalypse, terrified of being in a plane crash, an inquisitive botanist or have romantic notions of wanting to be a Native American or Aborigines (with the way Europeans have treated such cultures and continue to treat them, seems almost a little disrespectful. … Continue reading Fun Fact: Rabbit meat can kill you.

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

Life Cycle: Perennial, In flower during March, April and May. Description: Perenniating herb from small tubers. The heart shaped leaves emerge early in spring and die down in summer. The flowers have 8 to 12 petals which are shiny and yellow fading to whitish when old. Actinomorphic. Stamens and carpels numerous. Habitats Deciduous woodland Coniferous woodland Grassland Hedgerows Meadow Scrub Short turf Wasteland Fruit The fruit is an achene. Usage Pilewort. Early leaves high in vitamin C. Poisonous, must be heated or dried. Continue reading Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)