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Medlars, as we say in English…

… is the rather innocuous sounding name we have given to a fruit that the French have seen fit to dub much more alarmingly – Cul-de-Chien (Dog’s Arse). Ironically enough, we have actually taken the word ‘Medlar’ from the French Medler, meaning ‘(the … Continue reading

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The Horse Mushroom: Back in Business

This beautiful, nay, magnificent fungus was my first fresh wild mushroom of the year, and just look at it… A thick, creamy, saucer-sized cap, as firm as a tennis ball, and, when I found it, as dry as a bone – … Continue reading

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Sea Beet: The Wild Grandfather of the Veg Plot

All hail the magnificent Sea Beet! So green, so succulent, so big and bright in the bareness and bleakness of winter!  Where would we be without Sea Beet? Just look how rich and luscious these leaves are even now, slap bang in the middle … Continue reading

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Winkles

I’d like to lead a cheer for the humble Winkle. Hip, Hip, Hooray! I say, for this wonderful little mollusc. Hoorah! Hoorah!  Winkles are, without a doubt, the kindest pieces of protein available to the forager. They are easy to … Continue reading

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Earth Balls: Poisonous!!

Poisonous: Though not life-threatening, if consumed the Earth Ball will cause gastric upset. I hate Earth Balls. It pains me to dignify them with a capital letter, and I only do so for consistency. They are the warts of the … Continue reading

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Mussels (again): Purging, Scrubbing, De-bearding (And a Pearl!)

Hopefully, my last post – Wild Mussels vs. ‘Farmed’ Mussels – managed, in its funny little way, to persuade you that gathering wild Mussels is still a great idea, despite there being no real benefits for either the cook or the environment … Continue reading

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Wild Mussels vs. ‘Farmed’ Mussels

Why would anybody want to forage for wild Mussels? Especially when one considers that ‘farmed’ Mussels are actually wild Mussels themselves, only they have been gathered when young and encouraged to grow on man-made structures – often ropes studded with plastic spikes … Continue reading

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