Do: start in your own backyard
“Start off exactly where you are,” she advises. “From this you will see that plants are absolutely everywhere. Because some plants are designated as ornamental, we think they shouldn’t be eaten, but often that is wrong. You’ll be amazed at how much of your garden or local outdoor space could be put in a pot!”
Do: use Apps
“Apps can be great to help you identify what you are finding. There is no reason to not turn to technology to help you learn,” Adele says encouragingly. “I would advise to use a few different apps and also books to make sure you get a broad input of information.” More Apps are becoming available and increasing in accuracy, such as Plantfinder.
Do: forage with friends and family
“People generally may think that they don’t know anything at all about foraging, but once you start a conversation people start remembering things,” Adele says enthusiastically. “I remember that you can do this with the dandelion or put these flowers in a salad, for example.”
“It is also a great experience to go out foraging for food with children and grandchildren,” shares Adele. Her book Foraging with Kids makes the perfect accompaniment. “This is a distillation of all the awkward questions that children had asked over the years,” she says with a laugh. “It’s all about children and adults learning together.”