Wild Foraging In The Spring

I’m going to tell you about four different wild plants that you can eat.

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic grows in woods in the spring. The best time to collect it is between March and May. My favourite thing to do with it is put it in butter to make garlic bread.

Garlic Mustard

We used garlic mustard to make soup. We fried some onion and potato in a big saucepan then we added lots of garlic mustard and some vegetable stock. Then we boiled it, then we whizzed it to turn it into soup. It tasted bitter.


Dandelions grow in fields and woods and you might get them in your garden. We put some dandelions in a salad.

Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles grow pretty much everywhere. We used them to make nettle soup. We fried onion, potato and carrot in a big saucepan. Then we added lots of nettle leaves and some stock. Then we boiled it, then we whizzed it to make soup. The soup was green.

It’s very, very, very, very important to forage carefully in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment. Only collect leaves, flowers, fruits or seeds, not whole plants. Only take them if there are lots and lots of them there and make sure you leave enough for animals like birds, bumble bees and butterflies and to make sure plenty more plants can grow.

4 thoughts on “Wild Foraging In The Spring

  1. I have lots of dandelions and nettles in my side garden. Butterflies like the nettles and I leave the dandelions because they look cheerful. I’m using some of the nettles to make plant food because all the garden centres are closed. I might try putting dandelion leaves in a salad.


  2. You have posted some very interesting ideas about using wild food, Joey. You also make very sensible points about the need to forage responsibly.


  3. Hi Joey I miss being able to pick the garlic with you at Solihull. Nettles I use as fertiliser for my plants I am a bit lazy when it comes to making nettle soup.


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