Finsbury Park! Of all places.
We Made That took a short break from the grindstone to wander through this north London oasis with forager, Martin Bailey. It turns out that even this less-than-arcadian open space is brimming with edible goodies.
No more than a short walk from the café we found ground ivy (for tea, salads, soup), rosehips (tea, gin), sorrel (salads), mugwort (tea for trippy dreams), rose petals (gin), elderberries (gin) and blackberries (jam, gin…) Seems like most things can be added to gin.
Venturing further afield we wandered past more than 10 different varieties of mushrooms: tall ones, blushing ones, unidentified ones and tasty ones. But, don’t try these at home, unless you have a ‘Martin’ with you. Last, but not least, we rustled through a huge patch of horseradish on top of a mound next to the railway and an unsuspecting sunbather.
Although a more rural location might present a less contaminated option, it turns out you don’t have to travel far for a full-on foraging feast!