Fancy foraging – or festivals…or both?

Forget waiting to forage until the Autumn, says Penny Bunting, there’s plenty to be picked right now – and she looks forward to many local food festivals this summer.

FORAGING FOR FOOD is an activity that’s usually associated with autumn. But there are plenty of edible wild plants around in May, too – you may even find some in your garden. Elderflowers are flat-topped clusters of tiny white flowers that appear in late May. The flowers and berries are the only edible part of the elder plant – they are mildly toxic, but heat destroys the toxins…

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