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Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point

Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point

The wild carrot, Daucus carota, is a widespread and relatively common species, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced and naturalised in Australia and North America, where it is often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. This species also lends its common name to what is often referred to as the carrot family, […]

Rosebay Willowherb: Taking The Pith

Rosebay Willowherb: Taking The Pith

Rosebay willowherb, Chamerion angustifolium (also known as Epilobium angustifolium) is a widespread plant of the Northern Hemisphere. Known as Fireweed to many, particularly in North America, this name reflects the plant’s appearance following forest fires and other events which leave the earth scorched. With greater light on the earth again, C. angustifolium seeds then germinate and grow in the cleared areas until competition crowds them out. This tendency to appear from scorched earth also gave rise to the name Bombweed…

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Five Survival Plants Every Forager Should Know

Five Survival Plants Every Forager Should Know

In a previous article I outlined a realistic approach to survival foraging. In such a situation, you would have nothing stored or preserved from previous seasons, little or no gathering or processing equipment (such as baskets, bags or grinding vessels), limited experience and possibly little or no familiarity with the geographic area. In short, if you do find yourself needing to keep yourself alive from only what you can forage, you are starting from a tough position. Types Of Plants…

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Red Currant, Ribes Rubrum

Red Currant, Ribes Rubrum

  Red currant, (or redcurrant), Ribes rubrum is a member of the Gooseberry family, Grossulariaceae . Its fruits are edible and it is relatively easy to recognise and distinguish from other species.   Geographic Distribution and Habitat Red currant is native to parts of Western Europe but is also widely cultivated, with some wild populations being formed by naturalised escapees. Red currant tends to grow in isolated but dense stands. It is typically found on river banks and in damp,…

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Water Mint, Mentha aquatica – A Not So Wild Tea

Water Mint, Mentha aquatica – A Not So Wild Tea

Water Mint, Mentha aquatica has a wide distribution across Europe (except the far north), Asia and Africa. It is the most common of the wild mints in the British Isles but is less frequent in Scotland. It has a number of food and medicinal uses and is therefore a useful plant to know for foragers and those interested in bushcraft and survival. As its name suggests…

Yellow Archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon

Yellow Archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon

Yellow Archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon, is a widespread European woodland plant that is fond of heavy soils. It will grow in very shady areas but also likes some sun and can pop up in abundance in areas that have been coppiced. It can also be found on waysides and verges. In the UK the plant is found more in the south and is relatively widespread as far north as Yorkshire, but less so…

Red Dead-Nettle, Lamium purpureum

Red Dead-Nettle, Lamium purpureum

Red Dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum, is a common plant of country tracks and hedgerows. It is often found on or near farmland and sometimes described as an arable weed. Similar to other dead-nettles it has toothed, heart-shaped leaves. Red Dead-nettle, however, bears much less…