A crash course in changing the world.
I'm so pleased that I picked up a small book called "Food for Free" in a charity shop back in 2010. I remember thinking, I'll try a new wild food whenever I go out for a walk. And so I did! The first was lime tree leaves (Tilia platyphyllos). I picked the smallest leaf I could reach (as I'd read that when the get big they are not so nice) and nibbled tentatively at one edge. I was surprised, but just as the book said, they could be used a salad leaf - very nice indeed. I tried a few more.
Since then wild food has become part of our everyday diet. We planted a food forest in 2011 - suspecting that tree crops would be more resilient to whatever changes in the climate we were facing - and of course they don't need as much looking after each year compared to annual crops. Now in 2020 our fruit and nut trees are bearing, well, fruit and nuts!
Today's dish - wild leaf waldorf salad and cherry pie for desert