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Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Forage & Cook Up

On Saturday, 26th October, Edible Leeds (Craig Worrall) teamed up with Meanwood Valley Urban Farm to host and deliver a forage and cook up. Great turn out, great weather, great foraged finds (fungus, berries n wild greens) and huge amounts of fun. A big thank you to all who took part especially when it came to helping prepare the 'light lunch' & tidying up at the end. I hope you enjoyed the event as much as i did and that you enjoyed the wild mushrooms that you took home!

The light lunch menu consisted of:

Goats Cheese & Sorrel Quiche 
Sweet Chestnut & Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Salad of Wild Foraged Greens & Fresh Sliced Porcini Mushrooms: Chickweed, Dandelion, Sorrel, Nasturtium (leaves & flowers) and Porcini Mushrooms with an Elderberry & Freshly Grated Horseradish Vinaigrette
A Selection of Freshly Baked Breads
A Selection of Homemade Jams, Jellies & Pickles: Elderberry Pickle, Sea Buckthorn & Crab Apple Jelly, Rosehip & Crab Apple Jelly wit…

Berry Nice Bonanza Indeed!

Amazing! Spent two fabulous weeks in Devon this summer and armed with my coastal foragers book I was looking forward to discovering the plethora of plants not usually available to the city dweller. High on that list was Sea Buckthorn and Sea Holly. Sea Buckthorn remained elusive but I did find a substantial horde of Sea Holly (needless to say due to it's status and the fact that it's the roots that are edible I opted to take only pictures, albeit ridiculously, excitedly!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I was out walking in inner city Leeds and lo and behold I stumbled across a healthy and berry loaded Sea Buckthorn tree. Two days later I returned harvested a modest crop of the berries (which smell absolutely divine) and from which I have since made a very fine jelly indeed. Since then, I have discovered in excess of ten Sea Buckthorn trees but they are far too close to a very major road to tempt me into picking/eating. Amazing that a tree associated with the coast is in Leeds…

CAAGA Fungal Foray

CAAGA (Chapel Allerton Allotments & Gardening Association) Fungal Foray on Sunday 29th September went really well. A nice turn out and fab weather (not so much for the fungi though, just need more rain). Plenty of interesting fungi to be found including a couple that were new to me. Overall a fun time had and all took home some fungi to cook and experiment with, nice.