I have a friend. A whole one. She is brilliant. She is witty and wise and warm and funny. She has known me for a very long time. And yet still she speaks to me. Hurrah! She also knows a thing or two. As well as being a fantastically brilliant midwife who is doing marvellous things for women in the South East, she is also a forager and a keen cook who has recently started blogging about her findings. Oh, did I mention that she can write too?
Anyway, anyway, anyway. She has wisely pointed out that I was entirely wrong yesterday. Those were not Elder trees, so the blossoms were not Elderflowers, so the fact that they are dead matters not! Again, hurrah! I am so relieved. I hereby appoint her my Official Foraging Guru.
A salutary lesson in checking thoroughly before making stuff, I think. I shall make sure I have a field guide with me at all times in future. Richard Mabey’s Food for Free is a nice pocket-sized one that can go into my foraging kit. So, in future: check leaves, check blossom, check trunk, check guide-book, check with Joy.