Sloes

Sloes

Blackthorn is one of the most abundant shrubs in British hedgerows, which landowners and farmers traditionally used to keep land borders and make cattle-proof barriers. Sloes are the berry-like fruit of blackthorn and are the smallest and tartest of all the plum fruits. They are really appreciated and are infused in alcohol to make a … Read more

Walnut

English walnut

Walnuts are one of the most popular nuts for snacking and baking alike, always great to have on hand in the kitchen. These versatile nuts are good eaten raw or roasted, in either sweet or savoury dishes and offer a significant amount of health benefits. Many people assume they are an exotic crop coming exclusively … Read more

Gorse

There is an old saying “when gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of fashion”, as it seems the plant is thought to be always in bloom. No matter whether it is a hot summer or a frozen winter, there is always a bush in bloom. Its golden yellow flowers open from early spring … Read more

Oyster mushroom

Oyster mushroom

These mushrooms might sound quite familiar, as they are readily available in the supermarket aisles, often included as part of the misleading ‘wild mushrooms’ packets. However, the truly wild species can be quite variable and more often than not, they look entirely different. In my opinion, oysters are one of the best edible mushrooms. They … Read more