Oregon grape

Oregon grape berries (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon Grape is a common ornamental shrub in parks and gardens that is not actually related to Grape Vine. The berries are of interest to the forager and are best used to make a number of preserves.

Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn berries (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Sea Buckthorn is a thorny shrub found along the British coast. The sour berries are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants and can be used the same way as citrus fruit. This is an essential pick for coastal foragers.

Barberry

Barberries hanging from the bush (Berberis sp.)

Barberry is a common ornamental shrub planted in parks and gardens. The berries are much appreciated in the Middle East for their culinary uses, though it’s not easy to find good edible varieties growing wild in the British Isles.

Gooseberry

Fruiting gooseberry bush (Ribes uva-crispa)

The gooseberry is a straggling bush thickly set with sharp spines. Early summer, the discreet bell-shaped flowers turn into juicy green berries, which are sought after by the forager.

Wild cherry

Cherry fruit hanging from the tree (Prunus avium)

Wild cherry: Plant profile Common names Wild Cherry, Sweet Cherry, Mazzard, Gean, Crann Silin Fiain Botanical name Prunus avium (& other Prunus spp.) Family Rosaceae (Rose) Distribution Native to Europe. Widespread all over England and Wales. Although still common, less frequent in some parts of Scotland and Ireland. Where to find Wild Cherry Deciduous woodlands … Read more

Wood sorrel

Wood sorrel leaves (Oxalis acetosella)

Wood sorrel: Plant profile Common names Wood sorrel, Fairy Bells, Wood Sour, Cuckoo’s Meat, Seamsóg Botanical name Oxalis acetosella Family Oxalidaceae (Wood sorrel) Distribution Europe. Widespread all over Ireland and the UK, except the Fens in eastern England. Where to find wood sorrel Woodland and shady hedgerows. When to find wood sorrel Leaves early spring … Read more

Red clover

Red clover flower (Trifolium pratens)

Red Clover is a native plant belonging to the same family as peas and beans. This common edible plant has long been used for its medicinal properties, treating health conditions such as cough, skin complaints and menopausal symptoms.