Tom’s Foraging Diary

Hello. Welcome to Tom’s Foraging Diary. Late summer is a wonderful time to indulge in my love of foraging so this month I thought I would share foraging fun with you. I love to forage for apples, raspberries, blueberries, rose hips and brambles. Don’t worry my friends, I seem to know what is good for me as mummy discovered last year when I had my first foraging season – she had to research whether the bounty I was foraging was good for me or not. Of course it was full of goody-ness so we want to share this information with you because a little bit of foraging is tasty, nutritious and fun. Yum yum!

Apples

Apples are delicious. Last year when the apples were ripe and juicy I started picking them from the tree. And eating them. One at a time. And in moderation of course. Apples are a good source of fibre which helps digestion and they are full of vitamins A and C which help protect our immune system.

Here I am checking an apple tree before the apples appeared …

Checking the apples

A baby apple …

Baby apple

Here I am eating an apple I picked from the tree. Yum Yum …

Tasting an apple

We also use apples in cookie recipes and I enjoy a little bit of apple in my porridge with a little bit of cinnamon and yoghurt to make it nice and creamy. Yum Yum Yum. Here’s my apple pie cookie recipe for you to enjoy.

Check out this link to learn all about the yummy goody-ness of apples.

Raspberries

Lots of wild raspberries grow in the hedgerows where we walk. It’s very exciting to see the little red jewel like raspberries and I just have to go for a little forage…

Foraging for raspberries in the hedgerows

Raspberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. They are good for bone strength, kidney function and immunity. Here’s a link to more information about the yummy goody-ness from raspberries.

I love a juicy ripe raspberry picked straight from the hedgerow. Down the puggy chute. Yummy. We also use raspberries in cookie recipes, smoothies and in porridge.

Oh gosh, I’m starting to drool as I type this blog.

Blaeberries

Blaeberries grow in abundance in Tillie’s favourite woods. Blaeberries are also called blueberries, bilberries and yummy berries. They are good for you and tasty too.

Here’s Tillie foraging for juicy blaeberries in the woods. …

Tillie foraging for blueberries in the woods

Blaeberries are a good source of vitamins C & K, manganese and fibre. Here’s a link to more information on the goody-ness of Blaeberries.

Blaeberries are so good that we use them in some of our recipes including Tillie’s Lollies and Tom’s Summer Fruit Smoothie Cookies. We also enjoy them in a smoothie and in fruity porridge.

Rose hips

Rose hips grown in our garden hedge and in the hedgerows where we walk. I love sniffing the pretty fragrant rose flowers in summer and then they turn into hips. Last year I discovered that rose hips are yummy and mummy discovered that they are nutritious too.

Ripe rose hips in my garden …

Rose hips in our garden

Checking a rose hip to see if it is ready to harvest …

Checking the rose hips

Tillie and me harvesting rose hips.

Harvesting the rose hips

Here’s a link to some information about the nutritional goody-ness from Rose hips.

Brambles

My latest forage is brambles. They are so tasty. Unfortunately all the brambles near us are high up so I can’t pick them myself but apparently that’s a good thing because the bramble bushes are very prickly and I might scratch my nooty. Ouch! So mummy picks a bramble for me and Tillie when she sees nice ripe juicy ones. Brambles are loaded with antioxidants and provide plenty of fibre, vitamins and manganese. Lots of yummy goody-ness in a juicy little berry…

Brambles in our garden

Well, that’s all from Tom’s Foraging Diary my friends. I think we should be planning to grow more food. Yum Yum.

Happy foraging!

Tom x

 

Note

Foraged goodies should be enjoyed in moderation. Tillie and Tom have no sensitivities to these foraged foods and they thrive on a diet of fresh, wholesome, nutritious food.

Tom

Dreaming of owning a bakery shop where everybody buys cookies. For me.

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