Tips for foraging safely
Foraging for your own food is very liberating, but make sure you do it safely!
There should be no doubt when you are foraging something you are going to eat. Plants change through the seasons, so become familiar how they look through the different seasons. Use books, the internet and experts to help you identify plants safely.
Pick in unpolluted areas
Pick away from roads, polluted water ways and where there are a lot of dog walkers. Wash plants before eating them as well.
Interaction of plants and allergies
Some plants are powerful and are used in herbal medicine. Some interact with pharmaceutical drugs and can amplify their effects. one example is hawthorn. Other plants you may have a personal sensitivity to, so start by having smaller amounts.
What you are allowed to pick
You can pick foliage, fruit and fungi (although in some areas fungi is not allowed to be picked). You must not uproot plants unless you have the landowners permission.