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The Summer Hedgerow



For the last few years, foraging has been a past time that has brought a lot of joy into my life. It's helped me slow down, to use my senses, and see the cycles of seasons and life.


The summer brings an abundance of life to the hedgerows and if we see past the green there can be some magical medicine. Below are a handful of things you can forage during the summer months.


As always, please check your resources before you forage. There are many lookalikes that may not be edible.




Nettles

Packed with in vitamin C, and full of calcium, magnesium and potassium, nettles are a nutrient dense plant that is grown in abundance in the UK.


During the summer months the younger leaves can be picked for teas and once the seeds drop they can be eaten fresh, they have a very nutty flavour or can be dried, ground and sprinkled into salads, porridge, or anything you desire.


Elderflower

Harvested around the summer solstice, elderflowers beautiful flavour is something you'll want to preserve for as long as possible.


Turn into cordial, infuse in preserves, make your own champagne or sugar. Elderflower is a wonderful addition to your recipes this summer.



Mugwort

Known as the dreaming plant, traditionally, mugwort was placed under pillows to induce vivid dreams and was thought of as a protective plant that warded off evil spirits.


With flavours of rosemary and sage, sprinkle onto dishes as an aromatic addition to any meal; or, dry and add to a bundle of lavender, rosemary and sage as cleansing stick.


Wild Rose

Also known as dog rose, this native plant is known for its benefits to the heart. Use the petals in tea blends, syrups, jams or jelly. The best time to pick with when he centre is dark.


Dandelion

Dandelion leaves are a great medicinal plant that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The leaves can be used as a bitter element to salad leaves, whilst the flower heads can be made into tonics, used fresh or made into little fritters as a sweet snack.



Mugwort in July