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Foraging in London

We asked Wross Lawrence the author of the book The Urban Forager if he could answer a few questions about foraging in London: 

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Wross Lawrence
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1. When did you start foraging food?

"I started foraging when I was working as a deep sea fisherman in south-west Wales, I would pick samphire and sea cabbage to take home with some fish."

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Samphire
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2. Where are your favourite spots to go in London?

"Hackney Marshes is my favourite London foraging spot, you feel like you are so far from the city, and although it is a maintained area it feels very wild."

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Cherry Blossom
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3. How do you make sure you're picking the right variant? Not a poisonous look-alike?

"A good technique is to follow the full life cycle of the plant. Going back to the same spot in spring, summer, autumn and winter. This way you can be sure you have the correct plant before harvesting. Also, it is good practice to check any plants that you take home and aren't 100% certain of with 2 or 3 different sources before eating them."

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Hops
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4. What's your favourite foraged recipe with wild plants from London?

"I do an elderflower fritta in my book 'The Urban Forager'. The recipe is so simple and it makes for a quintessentially English modern pudding that you won't have had before and can impress your friends with."

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Elderflower
Elderflower recipe
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