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Online foraging resources
Fri 9-Oct-09
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I've just signed up for the Eat Weeds newsletter (free) and downloaded my free foraging book! This gives recipes and ideas for seasonal foraging.

I've also signed up for this seven month course on foraging (you have to pay for that but I reckon that it will reap rewards as sometimes I find it hard to move from an illustration in a book to a live plant and be certain that I'm identifying it correctly).

Mon 21-Dec-09
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Great Offer for our readers from Marcus Harrision!

Marcus Harrison has reduced the fees for his online foraging course to Cottage Smallholder readers. Click here for details.

Mon 26-Apr-10
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I never saw this original post, but a friend of mine just sent me the link for eat weeds last night  and I too have signed up for the newsletter.  It looks really interesting with lots of tips and recipes.  Have you put any to good use Fiona?

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I completely missed it too, I shall investigate tomorrow, thanks for bringing it to the fore again Danuta.

I'll try that again!

Mon 26-Apr-10
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Looks interesting!  I bought a great book on fruits sauvages and recipes to use them in last autumn; so I am looking forward to using it this summer.  It will very soon be elderflower cordial making season chez moi also hope to try some gooseberry and elderflower jam!

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Has anybody ever tried using nettles? I believe that the tips are best, and I guess young are better than old?

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Yes and Yes. Bit hairy on the tongue though!

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I'm trying to encourage G to help me make some nettle wine but he has traumatic memories of his Mum's explosive wine-making experiments.

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Haha! I recall the last husband's beer exploding in the spare bedroom and beer sliding down the living room wall. Such fun!

I'll try that again!

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Danny said:Has anybody ever tried using nettles? I believe that the tips are best, and I guess young are better than old?


Yes I have too. Like Kate says a bit hairy which takes a little getting used to but they taste fine. I_am_Hungry

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JoannaS said:

Danny said:Has anybody ever tried using nettles? I believe that the tips are best, and I guess young are better than old?


Yes I have too. Like Kate says a bit hairy which takes a little getting used to but they taste fine. I_am_Hungry


I have never cooked with nettles - do they stay 'hairy' when whizzed into a soup? Or, are you referring to eating them as a 'vegetable'?

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I have only noticed them as a vegetable. I have had them in soup but only small quantities as I was making a whatever I could find kind of soup and they were whizzed in.I_am_Hungry

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So, perhaps now is the time to look for them, while they have the young tips?

Do you use any nettles, or is it a particular variety?

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Now is definitely the time to look for them, much later and they will be too bitter, unless you cut them back of course and then you can have new young tips anytime.

I just use any wild nettles I find and wash well - still here to tell the tale.

Bunged a few in with the ground elder and a leaf or two of dandelion the other day and used them with pasta, onions, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds in a sauce made from a mushroom stock cube. Collecting wasn't quick but the meal was.I_am_Hungry

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JoannaS said:

Bunged a few in with the ground elder and a leaf or two of dandelion the other day and used them with pasta, onions, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds in a sauce made from a mushroom stock cube. Collecting wasn't quick but the meal was.I_am_Hungry


That is wonderfully frugal and healthy.

I'll try that again!

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