I've just been checking out the Richard Maybe book 'Food for Free' as it comes highly recommend by various Forumites. The question is - should I go for the latest paperback edition, as being the most up to date, or opt for the pocket-size Collins Gem version, as being more handy when out and about? Does anyone have the Collins Gem version? What do you think of it? I've just reserved the 2007 paperback version at my library so I can check this out, but sadly there is no copy of the pocket version available.
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Heather, Fiona likes the Gem version but has not seen the paperback version. So take Lyn's comments on board.
F said that she thought that John Wight's Hedgerow is the pick of the crop (a HFW title) but it does cost a bit more.
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Thanks, both. I've currently got the John Wright 'Hedgerow' book on load from the library, and am finding it entertaining reading, but much of the edible stuff he covers is not for me. I'm looking for something that gives a wider coverage of berries and wild fruits. Having said that, I may try out 'fat hen' when it is in season again. I helped to clear a field of the stuff last week (before I read of its spinach-like qualities) - all went on a big bonfire. However, I think it was well past its best, so perhaps it's just as well I wait for the new stuff. Had a taste of home-grown hairy bittercress today - reckon it would be real nice on a cheese sandwich.
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Fat hen is one of those plants which is great in spring when there is not much else around, makes a good addition to the salads. I think there are easier things to pick the rest of the year.
I have the Gem version, and it is very handy to have in my handbag for quick reference. I'm meaning to get a bigger more detailed book to keep in the house too though, the John Wright hedgerow book is on my amazon wishlist, so who knows, if I have some pennies left at the end of the month (October, that is) I may go for it.
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Have you tried it? I had read that it could be ground into flour and it is very prolific per acreage, not that you find a whole acre covered in fat hen.
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