Learning about wild food at Barnes Common, London

By Gavin

Our first Forage & Feast walk in London for www.totallywilduk.co.uk and it seemed to be a resounding success. We had cold, wet weather on Saturday, after the lovely weather on Friday and Sunday either side of it. Despite this we had a great day walking around the woodland and grassland in Barnes Common, London. We saw and talked about a wide range of edible wild food, medicinal and poisonous plants, trees and fungus. Some of the things we saw included: Stinging nettles and dead-nettles, silver birch, elder, Judas’ ear (aka jelly ear), chickweed, and plantains.

Barnes Common, courtesy of Wikipedia and Nigel Chadwick

Barnes Common, courtesy of Wikipedia and Nigel Chadwick

Wild Food Picnic

After our cold and wet walk, we needed to find some shelter, because nobody wants a soggy picnic. Fortunately, Barnes rail station was quiet and we found a nice dry spot. So we sat down to enjoy our pre-prepared foraged wild food. Including hazelnut scones with knotweed and ginger jam, sourdough bread, cheese and wild plum chutney, burdock crisps, nettle and wild greens pasta, wild berry eton mess, nettle and elderflower cordials, and wild pear wine.

wild food crab apples

Windfall crab apples