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A beginner’s guide to springtime foraging

It may be a bad time for farmers and market gardeners, but it’s not such a bad time to forage for wild foods

By Cal Flyn   June 2019

It's not enough to live on—but spring is the perfect time to try foraging. Illustration: Kate Hazell

We are just emerging from the “hungry gap,” the part of the year when winter vegetables are spoiling, but summer crops are not yet ready to eat. The onset of the first warm days prompts cabbages and brassicas to run to seed; while stored root vegetables like potatoes and onions soften and sprout.

These days we have access to fresh food year-round thanks to supermarkets and their aisles of airfreighted produce,…

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