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Walk On The Wild Side, Barnoldswick, 6th July

The summer episode of, Walk On The Wild Side, was held in Barnoldswick, or Barlick, as the locals call it, on Sunday 6th July. Barnoldswick, which is in Lancashire, borders Yorkshire and despite the fact that Yorkshire was gripped by the fantastically, fabulous, fervour that was Le Tour De France - and rightly so, what an historic and momentous occassion - what a fabulous turn out we had! Huge thanks, from Danielle and myself, to everyone that joined us and made the walk the amazing experience it was. The route took in country lanes, open fields, wooded streams (?) and parkland.The plants we focused on included; Ramsons, Meadowsweet, Hogweed, Ribwort/Broad-Leaved Plantain, Cleavers, Common/Wood Sorrel, Pignuts, Elder, Vetch and Wild Rose

This shaded little lane still had Wild Garlic Seeds prime for the picking. A sampling of sweet pickled Wild Garlic Seeds had to be had.









I'd taken along some pickled Hogweed Seeds for sampling, yet none of the Hogweed along the lane had actually come into seed. The majority of the plants along the lane were in flower. or just about to flower, so we discussed their edibility. Carine (red t-shirt), came up trumps and found some Hogweed flowers that were just emerging from their protective sheath - the prime stage for picking.



Danielle extolls the virtues of Ribwort and Broad-Leaved Plantain, both of which are fantastic herbal medicines. Danielle also brought along some freshly made herbal tea, a hayfever blend, which works surprisingly quick, and we were all were treated to a cup at this point.







Wild Rose (Rosa canina). Danielle discussed the medicinal properties/uses of this beautiful flower and proceeded to bring out one of her fabulous tinctures, 'Warrior drops' as Danielle has aptly named it. This tincture, along with others, is being provided by the, Herbalists Against Fracking, for the anti-fracking campaigners based at various fracking sites around the UK. The tincture has a calming effect, perfect for aiding the campaigners subjected to the trauma and upset caused by the fracking.



Sampling the, Warrior Drops.







A social and cook up at the end of the walk.

Salmon & Sorrel Sauce









Elderflower & Orange Cake




Danielle cooking Elderflower & Meadowsweet Fritters
                            


If you would like to book a Walk On The Wild Side for yourself and a group of friends, colleagues, family, please contact edible.leeds@gmail.com or call Craig on 07899752447. It's wild, it's wonderful! X

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