Thursday, 13 September 2012

Autumnal Urban Foraging

Who says a city has nothing to offer a forager?

Cobnuts from a local city hedgerow...

I am now keeping a close watch on the local damsons, bullaces, blackberries, elderberries, sloes, crab apples, quince & nashi pears.


10 comments:

Angela said...

Have you looked at Alys Fowler's Thrifty Forager book?

Frances said...

I am going to have to refocus my observation the next time I take a long walk in Central Park. I know that there are some (but not many) edibles growing there, as some entrepreneurial naturalists do give tours of such planted areas.

I think these tours might actually encourage some not quite legit foraging!

I just love your posts!

Gillian said...

I wouldn't know a cobnut if it fell from a tree and hit me on the head, but I remember reading a great magazine article about cobnuts and all their uses, especially oil. Good foraging! x

Rachel said...

Good hunting, then!

Sue said...

I managed to buy cobnuts a couple of years ago from my farm shop. I think I blogged about them.

Just saw your comment over at the Non-Consumer Advocate. I commented yesterday saying that for my five person family it would be £87. So presumably it would be £34.80 for two. Are you going to give the challenge a go? I'd quite like to but the storecupboard thing makes it quite mathematically challenging.

Stitchybritt said...

Ooh, I wish there was more foraging to be done in Australia... perhaps if you went out bush and knew about the native plants, but inner city - you might be lucky to find a lemon dangling from a tree over your side of the fence.

Mrs. Micawber said...

I'd never heard of cobnuts before.

There are some serious foragers here in Wisconsin - I recently heard a radio interview with one of them. My foraging seems to be limited to late asparagus.

Looking forward to seeing what else you find.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I know who say it, the folk who don't look!

Met a chap foraging for mushroom yesterday, which was handy as I now know of a whole new place to find them :)

BadPenny said...

Lovely ! might do a spot of blackberrying today !

hollesdottir said...

We used to be able to get pecans for free when we lived in Alabama. (When they fall off the trees, people go out in droves and collect them in public areas.) Since we moved back to Pennsylvania about 14 years ago, we've only made pecan pie about 2 times. Pecans are so expensive! I miss being able to gather them!

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