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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

52 53 Foraged Food Fridays

I challenged myself to eat a different foraged food every week for a year, starting at the beginning of February 2013. The challenge was introduced more fully in this blog post and reviewed in this one. This page is a summary of the foods eaten each week, with links to the posts giving more detail.

Rules
  • The challenge is to eat a different food each week; it may be preserved, provided that I told you at the time I harvested it
  • Different includes different parts of the same plant, but not different recipes with the same ingredient
  • No restrictions on type of food: Plant, fungus, seaweed, things that walk on the land, fly in the air or swim in the sea are all OK
  • No restrictions on location

Foraged food posts
  1.  1st Feb Hairy Bittercress leaves (Cardamine hirsuta)
  2.  8th Feb Dandelion leaves (Taraxacum officinale)
  3. 15th Feb Navelwort leaves (Umbilicus rupestris)
  4. 22nd Feb Dandelion roots (Taraxacum officinale)
  5.  1st Mar Evening primrose roots (Oenothera biennis)
  6.  8th Mar Lesser celandine leaves (Ranunculus ficaria)
  7. 15th Mar Ground elder leaves (Aegopodium podagraria)
  8. 22nd Mar Fennel leaves and stalks (Foeniculum vulgare)
  9. 29th Mar Sorrel leaves (Rumex acetosa)
  10.  5th Apr Stinging nettle leaves (Urtica dioica)
  11. 12th Apr Garlic mustard leaves (Alliaria petiolata)
  12. 19th Apr Wild garlic leaves (Allium Ursinum)
  13. 26th Apr Goose grass leaves (Galium aparine)
  14.  3rd May Bracken fiddleheads (Pteridium aquilinum)
  15. 10th May Vetch leaves (Vicia sativa)
  16. 17th May Hawthorn leaves (Crataegus)
  17. 24th May Rosebay willowherb stalks
    (Chamerion angustifolium)
  18. 31st May Carrageen fronds (Chondrus crispus)
  19.  7th Jun Common hogweed leaves (Heracleum sphondylium)
  20. 14th Jun Pignut tuber (Conopodium majus)
  21. 21st Jun Plantain flower heads (Plantago lanceolata)
  22. 28th Jun Shepherd's purse seed pods
    (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
  23.  5th Jul Fat hen leaves (Chenopodium album)
  24. 12th Jul Elder flowers (Sambucus nigra)
  25. 19th Jul Wild strawberry fruit (Fragaria vesca)
  26. 26th Jul Black mustard leaves (Brassica nigra)
  27.  2nd Aug Rosebay willowherb flowers
    (Chamerion angustifolium)
  28.  9th Aug Wild carrot roots (Daucus carota)
  29. 16th Aug Cep mushrooms (Boletus edulis)
  30. 23rd Aug Field mushrooms (Agaricus campestris)
  31. 30th Aug Greencracked brittlegill mushrooms
    (Russula virescens)
  32.  6th Sep Germander speedwell leaves
    (Veronica chamaedrys)
  33. 13th Sep Common hogweed seeds (Heracleum sphondylium)
  34. 20th Sep Hazelnuts (Corylus avellana)
  35. 27th Sep Crab apples (Malus sylvestris)
  36.  4th Oct Rowan berries (Sorbus aucuparia)
  37. 11th Oct Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
  38. 18th Oct Rose hips (Rosa canina)
  39. 25th Oct Laver (Porphyra umbilicalis)
  40.  1st Nov Bullaces (Prunus insititia)
  41.  8th Nov Marsh samphire (Salicornia europaea)
  42. 15th Nov Chanterelle mushrooms (Cantharellus cibarius)
  43. 22nd Nov Chestnuts (Castanea sativa)
  44. 29th Nov Sloes (Prunus spinosa)
  45.  6th Dec Heather tips and flowers (Calluna vulgaris)
  46. 13th Dec Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus)
  47. 20th Dec Rosebay willowherb leaves
    (Chamerion angustifolium)
  48. 27th Dec Oak leaves (Quercus petraea)
  49.  3rd Jan Elder berries (Sambucus nigra)
  50. 10th Jan Honeysuckle flowers (Lonicera periclymenum)
  51. 17th Jan Hop cones (flowers) (Humulus lupulus)
  52. 24th Jan Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinale)
  53. 31st Jan Beech leaves (Fagus sylvatica)
    Green laver (Ulva lactuca)
    Gutweed (Ulva intestinalis)
    Dulse (Palmaria palmata)
    Kelp (Laminaria digitata)
    Fairy ring champignons (Marasmius oreades)
    Blusher mushrooms (Amanita rubescens)
    Brown birch boletes (Leccinum scabrum)
    Scarletina boletes (Boletus luridiformis)
    Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus)
    Garlic mustard seeds (Alliaria petiolata)
    Oak moss (Evernia prunastri)
    Fir cones (Abies alba)
    Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus)

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