Disclaimer: Safe, sustainable & responsible foraging
This blog is an educational and informational resource created to inspire others and represents solely my views and personal experience. This writing is not intended as professional or medical advice and in any case pretends to be a substitute for a field guidebook, health care practitioner, herbalist or professional teacher.
Proper identification is your responsibility. Never eat any wild food without cross referencing multiple reliable sources and double-checking for positive identification. You must be able to correctly identify your findings; otherwise you should not eat it.
Unfortunately, there is a risk to ingesting wild food, as some wild plants and mushrooms are deadly poisonous. If in doubt, throw it out. Forage with someone who is knowledgeable and keep samples back of your findings in order to recognise should you have an adverse reaction to it. Always try only a small amount for the first time you try something.
Please be aware that different people can have different reactions to food, as it is commonly known that many people suffer adverse reactions or sensitivities to conventional food. For that reason, it is always wise to try just a small amount first, especially when taking medication, are pregnant or nursing or have any existing medical conditions or allergies. Consult your health practitioner.
Avoid picking from areas that may be contaminated, such as high traffic roads, industrial estates and dog-walking areas. Consider pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, weed killers, pollution and animal urine. Wash thoroughly with water and vinegar before eating.
Make sure there will be enough flowers and fruit for wildlife and leave plenty to seed for the next year. Never pick a great amount of fungi when you are not properly identified the species, as it is a wasteful and unsustainable practice. Always leave nature as you found it in the first place and read local foraging rules and ask for permission to forage on private land.
British Local Food does not accept any liability or responsibility for any consequences caused by consuming and using any wild food relying upon the information contained within this blog, as well as accuracy, availability of information. Any person who ingest any wild food does so at their own risk.