Limpets, other limpets and seaweed various. I totally recommend the River Cottage Seashore foraging guide - very helpful indeed.
Limpets - hmm. I'm not that convinced of the edible qualities though they would give a good taste to a bouillabaise style base I thought.
Robin Harford is also massively knowledgable and there's masses of info on his website. Good luck and enjoy your foraging!
thanks! I'm not sure if I can do the salt on razor-clams thing... i'm too squeamish for that!! there so much of the Downs and shore here in Seaford/ Cuckmere haven to discover that i'm probably have to wait til the spring/ next summer to figure it out! I was lucky enough to find HUNDREDS to blackberry bushes today though, and will go back when they're ripe. Yum!
Just remember the rule of not gathering shellfish in months without an R in them. It's not that you'll get il but this is their breeding season so if we all did it there'd be none left!
Limpets change sex as they grow so if you do gather them get a mix of sizes - the big ones are all female so we need to be careful not to cause a massive imbalance in the population preventing further ickle limpets coming along. Also spread any gathering of them out over the shore as they don't move a lot so taking them all from one place would similarly decimate the population.
all the blackberries were red and totally unripe... i hope we get a chance to pick some soon!!
thanks for the sea-foraging info... I got my book today and will be taking it next time! I realised that some of the beautiful flowers on yesterday's walk looked so familiar because they were wild strawberries, only I didn't remember this at the time so I don't have any. Doh!!!
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