Day 03 #30DaysWild – Cooking with Wild Foods

Like many people, the kids and I love to forage. Foraging is simply searching for, and collecting wild food. There are many good reasons to forage; wild foods are far more nutrient dense than commercially produced crops, the foods in our hedgerows are what our ancestors evolved to eat, and are therefore important for our optimum health. Foraging allows us to learn and pass on that knowledge, as well as giving us a closer connection with the natural world around us.


03 #30DaysWild - Cook a wild food


A quick summary of the legality of foraging in the UK...

it is illegal to uproot ANY wild plant without permission
it is illegal to disturb or collect plant material from any PROTECTED wild plant
it is illegal to trespass, so you must gain permission before foraging on private land

One concern people have about foraging is plant identification, and it is essential that you only eat wild plants that you can 100% positively identify. Below are recipes made from two wild plants which I believe every child in the UK can probably recognise, and would love to make.

Dandelion and Lemon Biscuits

Foraged Dandelion and Lemon Biscuits, Cookies


There's a whole host of recipes that use the dandelion flower; teas, wines, salads and savouries. The plant is recognised as being one of our most nutritious weeds; containing anti-oxidant vitamins, minerals, calcium, and protein, and would have been a food staple for our ancestors here in Europe. Why not try our beautifully simple Dandelion and Lemon Biscuits for a sunny introduction to this wonderful weed!

Stinging Nettle Cordial

Delicious Stinging Nettle Cordial Recipe - Google the health benefits of stinging nettles, and you will find the most incredible list of diseases and complaints that this plant has been attributed to helping with


Nettles are found across much of the world, and archaeological evidence here in the UK has shown the we have used the plant since prehistoric times, with 'Nettle Pudding' laying claim to being Britain's oldest recipe. Nettles are certainly nutritionally dense, containing a wide range of vitamins and minerals, as well as good amounts of protein and fibre. This beautiful, amber coloured Stinging Nettle Cordial has a delightful fragrant taste and makes a wonderful, refreshing drink.

Stinging Nettle. Apple and Pear Fruit Leather

Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather makes a fabulous, healthy snack for the whole family. Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with a recipe for them, which the kids are so keen to eat.


Fruit Leather makes a fabulous snack for the family. It is delicious and perfect to carry with you on your wild adventures. Our Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather is a great way to introduce wild foods in to your diet.

There is a huge range of edible wild plants in the UK, and the #30DaysWild month of June is a great time to find out about some of them!

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  • Reply Monkey and Mouse

    I love all your wild plant creations, they look delicious! I really need to collect the nettles from beside our allotment. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather xx
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    June 19, 2016 at 7:58 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You should – I’m sure the boys would love both recipes 🙂 Thinking of trying nettle vodka next – will let you know how I get on 🙂

      June 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Karen

    Brilliant, I love the sound of the nettle fruit leather. They look cool. We’ve found elderflower everywhere we’ve been this week. We’re collecting it and getting inventive. It’ll be on my blog soon! #whatevertheweather
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    June 10, 2016 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’ll look out for your elderflower recipes, they’re just coming out around here too 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Honest Mum

    Wow, so innovative!

    June 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Gille

    We love Dandelion Marmalade (there are lots of recipes on the net we use the one that uses apples and citrus peel rather than just lemon juice). It is a bit of a faff to collect the petals but well worth it

    June 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We haven’t tried Dandelion Marmalade next – will search out a recipe and give it a go 🙂

      June 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm

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