I was delighted when Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods agreed to come and lead a day’s foraging as a special Kather’s Kitchen event on the wild and beautiful Ardnamurchan Peninsula last month.
The event took place in and around Salen Bay, which presented an incredible range of habitats in a relatively small area – perfect for a foraging event. Mark found over 70 edible species of plant and mushroom across four different environments – hedgerow, salt marsh, coastal and ancient oak woodland. At the end of the foraging walk, we headed to a fabulous woodland shelter for a wild lunch, using some of the delectable ingredients we had gathered during the morning.
The day’s foraging favourites included orache, scurvy grass, silver weed, sea aster, sea kale, sea blite, sea arrow grass, meadowsweet, bittercress, arse smart, red clover, sheep sorrel, self-heal, nettle, pineapple weed, hogweed, white dead nettle, rowan, blaeberry, wild strawberry, chanterelle and bay bolete.
Here are some pictures from our day.