Foraging for Alexanders

As Nicola and I were walking Willow along the Downs today, I shot this short video on foraging for Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum).  Alexanders are a naturalised plant introduced from the Mediterranean and are often found near the coast.  At this time of year the stems are probably the best part for eating, although the whole plant is edible.

It’s a member of the carrot family, which contains some deadly poisonous plants, so be sure of your identification.

Whilst we’d love to be able to, we aren’t foraging for Alexanders on our 1 Day Foraging courses as we don’t have Alexanders near to our ancient woodland camp!  However we do have a wide variety of other delicious wild plants to pick and eat.

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About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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