Whilst walking down the winding streets of Staithes we came across Scurvy grass; Specific to coastlines due to the salt in the air and closely connected to Whitby. Captain Cook would take this on his long voyages to ensure his crew had vitamins to sustain their health. It is a delicious garnish to be used alongside a slice of orange.
Sometimes you need to look nofurther than your own garden to find some tasty delights. Comfrey is a greatreplacement for cucumber. Others can be found in hedgerow and dell, woods and meadow and of course, the beach.
The beach was alive with maritime plants our favourite was Mermaids Tresses; this gives a strong taste of iodine, almost like blood so not for the faint hearted!
Being able to identifying your bounty properly is important and every caremust be taken. If you are wanting to learn more about foraging we can’t recommend enough Taste the Wild to give you great guidance on this. We found that taking pictures along the way and keeping notes helps too.
So whether you are just garnishing your salad or looking for new herbs foryour cooking, get out foraging. Check outwww.tastethewild.com for lots ofinformation and ideas.