Botanical name: Taraxacum officinale agg. Common name: Dandelion, dent-de-lion, lion’s tooth, piss-en-lit, piss-a-bed Family: Asteraceae (Daisy) Subfamily: Cichorioideae (Chicory) Worldwide distribution: Native to Eurasia and found in the northern temperate zones. Local distribution: Extremely common all over the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Grassland, meadow, wasteland, lawns and gardens. Foraging season: Leaves and flowers in early … Read more

Garlic mustard

Common name: Garlic mustard, hedge garlic, jack in the edge, jack in the bush, poor man’s mustard, hedge garlic, sauce alone Botanical name: Alliaria petiolata Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage) Worldwide distribution: Native throughout Europe, North Africa, western and central Asia. Introduced in North America, where it’s considered invasive. Local distribution: Very common throughout England, Wales, south … Read more


Common name: Stinging nettle, common nettle, nettle leaf Botanical name: Urtica dioica Family: Urticaceae (Nettle) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America. Introduced elsewhere. Local distribution: Widespread in the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Woodland edges, wasteland and hedgerow banks. Foraging season: Young leaves early to late spring and second growth early … Read more

Sloes (Blackthorn)


Common name: Blackthorn, sloe Botanical name: Prunus spinosa Family: Rosaceae (Rose) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa, though naturalised in other parts of the world. Local distribution: Very common all over Ireland and the UK, though increasingly scarce in the north of Scotland. Habitat: Hedgerow, woodland edges and scrub. Foraging season: … Read more

Walnut, English

English walnut

Common name: English walnut, Persian walnut Botanical name: Juglans nigra Family: Juglandaceae (Walnut) Worldwide distribution: Native to Central Asia and Southern Europe, now widely naturalised in Europe. Local distribution: Widely planted and sometimes naturalised throughout southern Britain. Habitat: Parks and cultivated areas. Foraging season: Nuts early summer and early autumn. Contrary to what its name … Read more

Stinkhorn (Witch’s egg)

Witches egg

Common name: Common stinkhorn, witch’s egg, devil’s egg, Hexeneier Botanical name: Phallus impudicus Family: Phallaceae (Stinkhorn) Worldwide distribution: Found throughout much of Europe and North America. Local distribution: Common and widespread in Britain and Ireland. Habitat: Woodland, mulched gardens and dunes. Foraging season: Immature ‘eggs’ late spring to autumn. Stinkhorn gets its name for a … Read more


Common name: Gorse, prickly broom, furze, whin. Botanical name: Ulex europaeus Family: Fabaceae (Pea) Subfamily: Faboideae Worldwide distribution: Native to parts of western Europe and northwest Africa. Local distribution: Found widespread in Britain and Ireland. Habitat: Coastal, heathlands, wasteland and forest edges. Foraging season: Bloom all year round. There is an old saying “when gorse … Read more