So if you thought there was no such thing as a free lunch, think again! UK woodland has plenty to offer with exciting ingredients for soups, sauces, desserts and tipples found in abundance. With rising prices in the supermarkets and wider awareness of wild food health benefits, you might just like to give foraging a try.
With blackberries ripening and elderberries coming up soon, there's no better reason to get out into the woods now and get stuck in to these new recipes. We've even got a new guide to help you forage for chestnuts safely.
Fruit leather - great for back-to-school lunchboxesHedges and edges jam - it's wild!Bramble sauce for venison and game - savoury option
Wild fruit vinegar - try something tangy
Sweet chestnuts vs conkers - foraging safely
Jimmy Doherty has kindly let us use a couple of great recipes from his book, 'A Taste of the Country'
Whet your appetite with...
Pork and nettle stuffing Dandelion and bacon salad
Try some recipes from Nature's Calendar Forager's fact pack?
Grab your free Forager's fact pack
Remember that nature's larder should never be stripped bare so please do leave some fruits of the forest behind for the wildlife and to ensure a bumper crop again next year.
Countryside CodeScottish Outdoor Access GuidePrevent the spread of tree disease and pests
Blackberry and honey treats Elderberry and apple jam Hedgerow tipples pack
Free nature detectives blackberry packTop picnic ideas