Acorn bread

Often overlooked, acorns can make one of the finest flours. In a series of experiments, I made this huge bread with a whole-wheat appearance. It tasted very nutty and went very well with olive oil and prosciutto. Acorn flour is not something you can buy in the shops, so you will have to make your … Read more

Crab apples

Common name: Crab apple, wild apple Botanical name: Malus sylvestris Family: Rosaceae (Rose) Subfamily: Amygdaloideae (Plum) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe. Local distribution: Widespread throughout the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Hedgerow, scrub, roadsides and woodland. Foraging season: Fruit late summer to early winter. Crab apple is one of the most interesting trees growing in British … Read more

Wild garlic (Ramsons)

Common name: Wild garlic, ramson, bear’s garlic, broad-leaved garlic, gypsy’s onions, wood garlic, buckrams, stinking Jenny Botanical name: Allium ursinum Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis) Subfamily: Allioideae (Onion) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe and Asia. Introduced in North America. Local distribution: Common in Ireland and the British Isles, except further north Scotland and the Channel Islands. Habitat: … Read more

Acorn flour

Despite oak trees are very common in Britain, not many people have considered to use their nuts as an edible resource. They cannot be eaten straight from the tree, as they taste very bitter due to the high content in tannins and therefore are considered poisonous. However, a bit of processing can reward you with … Read more

Acorns (Oak)

Common name: Oak tree, English oak, pedunculated oak Botanical name: Quercus robur Family: Fagaceae (Beech) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, north Africa and western Asia, though planted worldwide. Local distribution: Very common in the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Hedgerow, woodland and parks. Foraging season: Nuts in early autumn. Oak is the most common woodland tree … Read more

Leaching acorns

Following my post on acorns and before you run out to your nearest oak tree, it’s important to remark acorns are naturally bitter and they must be processed to make them palatable. This unpleasant flavour comes from the tannins, which can be astringent and damage our kidneys over time. Tannins are removed through a process … Read more