Foraging in Northumberland
Updated: Sep 15, 2022
Northumberland is a place of obvious treasures - castles, coastline and craggs. Look closer though and you can discover an abundant, hidden cache of natural riches right under your feet.
If you’re interested in having a more sustainable lifestyle, foraging could become your new favourite hobby. This practice may help you try new and interesting foods, improve your nutrient intake, and even lower your carbon footprint.
That said, it’s essential to educate yourself on foraging safety before you get started.
Although you may think that foraging can only take place in wild areas like forests, it’s possible in urban environments, such as cities, as well.
That’s because even the most urban settings have green spaces, including parks and yards, where wild edibles can grow. In rural places and wilderness areas, edible plants like mushrooms, berries, and greens abound.
Here are some of the most common foods targeted by foraging enthusiasts:
Greens (Wild lettuce, mallow, dandelion greens, sweet fennel, plantain, purslane, lamb’s quarters, and chickweed) are just a few wild greens that you can eat
Berries and fruits
Other commonly foraged foods - Roots, nuts, seeds, and even shellfish are forageable in the wild, depending on where you live.