A Handbook of Scotland's Wild Harvests by Emma Chapman, Fi Martynoga

By Emma Chapman, Fi Martynoga

Author note: advent by way of Emma Chapman

"The fascinating factor approximately this publication is the variety of strange flavours and species it highlights" (Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles)

This inspirational consultant is bursting with important knowledge on Scotland’s wild harvest, overlaying what, the place, while and the way you should use your bounty in sustainable methods from the main invaluable and common of species to the fewer recognized, and from leaves and berries to saps, seeds, seaweeds, mosses and wooden. Recipes from Scottish kitchens contain nettle brose, blaeberry truffles and artistic dishes from an incredibly wide selection of species.

Learn how one can start or expand a repertoire of untamed meals and fabrics that may be used as dyes, treatments and round the domestic.

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Ice cream drizzled with heather honey and a few flowers sprinkled over the top makes a delightful dessert. And if you collect flowers on a sunny day and infuse them in hot water with a sprig of lemon balm, you have a delicious tea. It is pretty to look at – pale green with mauve florets – so it’s almost a tartan tea! HEATHER ALE The flowering tops of heather were used for making ale by the Picts and Vikings. It is a craft that has been revived in Scotland with an excellent, commercially produced ale called Fraoch (pronounced ‘freuch’).

The familiar long, yellow catkin or lamb tail is the male flower, whilst female flowers are small, red and grow from the stem like tiny red sea anemones. 42 Habitat Common hazel grows throughout Britain generally in mixed woodland, particularly oak and ash. It can tolerate a canopy of taller trees, although it can also be found in distinctive ‘nut woods’ which often still bear that name. It can be said to be native to every county in Scotland, although it is less common in heavily grazed land like the Borders, where it hangs on in cleuchs and on the sides of steeper hills.

Hunter-gatherer life in Scotland would have been pretty nigh untenable without them! Store them in their shells in cool conditions (in the Mesolithic period, this was probably a pit) and they will keep from one season to the next. Jools Cox 45 HEATHER Calluna vulgaris, Erica cinerea, Erica tetralix Heathers – or Fraoch in Gaelic – are stubby, evergreen plants with tangled, multi-stemmed branches that sport varying shades of purple flowers in the late summer. All varieties are slow-growing and long-lived.

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