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By Emma Chapman, Fi Martynoga

Author note: creation by means of Emma Chapman
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"The interesting factor approximately this ebook is the variety of strange flavours and species it highlights" (Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles)

This inspirational consultant is bursting with beneficial information on Scotland’s wild harvest, protecting what, the place, while and the way you should use your bounty in sustainable methods from the main precious and common of species to the fewer famous, and from leaves and berries to saps, seeds, seaweeds, mosses and wooden. Recipes from Scottish kitchens comprise nettle brose, blaeberry tarts and artistic dishes from a shockingly wide variety of species.

Learn tips to start or expand a repertoire of untamed meals and fabrics that may be used as dyes, treatments and round the domestic.

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Habitat People say elders will grow anywhere, though in fact they only take hold where it suits them. They are opportunistic plants that often spring up in cleared woodland, although hedgerows are probably the most familiar habitat. The bourtree seems to like to grow up things, especially walls, though even a post will give a bigger bush. They particularly like protection from the south-west, such as an old steading wall, and thrive amid waste: if there is some asbestos and broken-up concrete, the elder will be there, shooting up along a fence, up a bank, on light or sandy soils as they do not favour wet ground.

Follow the recommendations for cooking that are suggested by the species champions and you should find that you have very satisfactory wild foods that will help you through the ‘hungry gap’ at the end of spring, when locally grown vegetables are hard to come by. Some of the entries here contain information about uses beyond the edible value of the leaves or roots. This is usually the case when the species is not mentioned in any other chapter of the book. When it does have other mentions, as in the case of chickweed, dandelion and several other species, then a cross-reference will be given, so that you can find out more about how to prepare a tea, or a home remedy.

They yield a good blue-black dye. You can make whistles out of the hollow sticks, or just use them as sticks (good for pointing at things). They seemingly make the most powerful wands (see Harry Potter), and rubbing the leaves on your skin makes a good midge repellant, if you can stand the smell. Blackbirds, fieldfares and pigeons love to eat the berries, and goldfinches will nest in an elder tree. Jew’s ear fungus thrives on its old wood, giving you another potentially useful harvest. Harvesting That scent of the flowers in the air is the signal to go out and pick them.

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