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The joys of foraging

For expert wild food hunter Richard Mabey, “foraging is about the satisfaction of the hunt, the revelation of unsuspected tastes, the indefinable quality of ‘gatheredness'”.

Mabey’s advice includes the tip that towns are often as good a place to forage as the countryside. He’s gathered grapes from a canal towpath in Tottenham, and field mushrooms in St Paul’s churchyard.

He quotes nineteenth century philosopher and poet Henry David Thoreau, who said:  “The bitter-sweet of a white-oak acorn which you nibble in a bleak November walk over the tawny earth is more to me than a slice of imported pineapple.”

Read more about Mabey here.

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