Winter foraging

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At this time of year you would be forgiven for thinking there is not a lot of wild food to be found. Not so. There is in fact an abundance of new growth occurring at the moment. ¬†With the mild winter we’ve had so far, certain plants such as three cornered garlic (pictured above) seem to have decided it’s spring and are not only sending up new growth but are flowering.
Mushrooms too are still to be found; and not just the varieties I would expect to see in the winter months such as Oyster Mushrooms, Velvet Shanks and Winter Chanterelles but Hedgehog Fungus can also be spotted if you know where to look in your local woods.
This is a great time of year to start noting and observing young plants.  As they grow through the spring and summer you will learn what they look like at each stage of their development and in this way you will really get to know each plant.