As a child I loved to pick blackberries, foraging my way through the brambles on a dog walk and returning home with a triumphant bag. It was a simple pleasure that would lend comfort to the late summer days before the inevitable return to school. And the added bonus was the prospect of a delicious blackberry and apple crumble containing the sweet jammy fruits that were picked by my very own purple-stained hands.
With the proper onset of autumn however the British countryside reveals the true extent and richness of its wild treasures. In the Autumn, hawthorn berries, sloes and all manner of nuts come into season and the hedgerows become a veritable natural larder. Here at The Salt Box we are keen foragers and our finds often feature in our seasonal menus – we even enjoy foraging for natural firelighters!
We love sharing our knowledge of the English hedgerow and woods so read on to find out more about foraging in autumn and once you’re done, we’d highly encourage you to throw on your walking boots, grab your basket and get out into the wild for a foraging walk.