The towpath hedgerows are great places for foraging, especially in the autumn months. You can find a beautiful and colourful assortment of berries.
The towpath for me are like nature’s pick ‘n mix. You can just wander along, not a care in the world, sampling the hawthorn berries and absent-mindedly fingering the gleaming rosehips.
A lot of people walk along the towpaths everyday, hurrying on their way to work, they miss all of the beauty and splendor of this natural gift. When people see us picking and eating these wild foods, they look at us like we’re mad. It’s quite amusing for us to see the bewildered looks on their faces, but also a little sad. It means people have little knowledge of how we used to live, foraging and hunting all of our food. Now I suppose modern technology is taking over, maybe it’s just that we’re going into a new age.
When people used to forage, they did it together, sharing what they had. Then they would go home and cook something lovely, sitting around a fire. They would laugh and talk and be as a family. I think it builds good relationships, not just foraging, but that whole way of life.
Does anyone have any ideas for recipes that include the ingredients that we foraged (shown in the photos)? Either yummy or medicinal, any suggestions welcome!