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Jelly ear fungus

Common name: Jelly ear, Jew’s ear, wood ear Botanical name: Auricularia auricula-judae Family: Auriculariaceae (Jelly fungi) Worldwide distribution: Temperate regions worldwide. Local distribution: Common and widespread in Britain (particularly in the South) and Ireland. Habitat: Dead elder branches. Occasionally, you

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Homemade hazelnut chocolate spread

Originally known as ‘pasta gianduja’, this Italian spread is a nostalgic childhood treat that always have fascinated to people with sweet tooth. The concern of store bought jars is that is loaded with modified palm oil and extra spoons of

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Hazelnut

Common name: Common hazel Botanical name: Corylus avellana Family: Betulaceae (Birch) Worldwide distribution: Native to western Asia and Europe. Local distribution: Very common throughout the British Isles and Ireland. Habitat: Woodland, hedgerow and scrub. Foraging season: Nuts late summer to

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Goldenrod, Canadian

Common name: Canadian goldenrod, golden rod Botanical name: Solidago canadensis Family: Asteraceae (Daisy) Subfamily: Asteroideae Worldwide distribution: Native to north-eastern and north-central North America. Invasive plant in many parts of Europe, Japan and China. Local distribution: Widespread in England, less

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Hawthorn

Common name: Hawthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn Botanical name: Crataegus monogyna Family: Rosaceae (Rose) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. Local distribution: Very common everywhere in Ireland and the UK, except north of Scotland. Habitat: Hedgerows and

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Acorn pancake

Acorn pancakes

Acorns are rarely used as ingredient in Britain but are very versatile. This year I won my battle against squirrels and picked plenty of acorns, which I wanted to use to make bread. I was also suggested I could make

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