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Review: Wild Food UK
Ashton Under Hill, Worcestershire
Meeting in the beautiful setting of the Star Inn at Ashton-Under-Hill, Worcestershire, Phil, our guide for the day, welcomed our keen group of novice foragers.
He started by giving a brief outline of the day and what we may expect to find. With his extensive knowledge, he was also able to tell the group where and when to forage and what, if any, laws are in place to protect foragers and the local environment.
These guidelines included how much produce you can take for personal use, how to harvest on public and private land, plus how to remove and store food safely.
Walking only a few metres we came across our first find of the day. A crisp, sweet flavoured chickweed sitting around the edge of the pub carpark. A section of the green leaves were bagged up ready to make the base of a delicious salad on our return.
A short walk further and a large walnut tree was our next stop. The hardened shells we found, were carefully opened up by our guide and a fresh nut revealed.
Throughout the afternoon it was clear safety was the top priority and Phil was fantastic at reassuring the group about how to identify for certain edible and inedible plants, plus those that are dangerous to consume and should be avoided.
After a trek up the hill, we were not only awarded with stunning views of the Worcestershire countryside but also Phil's homemade Elderflower Champagne. Quite possibly one of the most refreshing and tastiest drinks I've ever had.
Next on our appetizing taste tour were mushrooms. With literally hundreds of local fungi popping up in the UK this time of year, the group were cautious to collect the right ones. Again, easily identifiable with Phil's comprehensive knowledge, these mushrooms made part of our scrumptious lunch.
At this point in the afternoon, more refreshment was on offer, in the form of Phil's tasty homemade foraged mushroom soup.
After many more finds to sample including damsons berries, sorrell leaves and nettles we ended the tour back at the pub. With just enough time to order a refreshing drink from the bar, we were seated in an outside private dining area and presented with a warming vegan feast of foraged goods.
Whether you are a first-time forager or looking to brush up on your food-finding facts get in touch with Wild Food Uk for a unique taste experience close to the Cotswolds. Thank you Wild Food Uk I will be back to sample more courses.
Written by FD
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