It’s finally time here for the multitudes of wild berries to start ripening and whilst out on Wednesday I managed to find, eat and pick some. I didn’t wash my hands, yes there were insects and webs everywhere and yes I ate them even though they’ve grown with acid and chemtrail rain; it’s not something I’d recommend! I’d prefer organic or at least grown with clean(er) water but it was the only way I’d get fresh fruit.
I found blackberries, juniper, elderberries and hawthorn mostly and as other appreciative people will know they tend to grow together interwound and the blackberry bushes in particular just spread and grow huge.
I picked some elderberries too but for some reason can’t find the photos. Elderberry is also strong and some people’s stomaches don’t do too well with them.
Things I do and don’t do when foraging:
1) Blackberries have thorns! Lot’s of them! So I try to be careful and successfully managed to pick them without being stung up until I got stung by three in a row lol.
2) I try not to disturb any bugs nearby or webs, I accidentally gave a spider a mini-earthquake and couldn’t stop its web from shaking afterwards – terrible.
3) If eating straight from the bush I blow the berries first.
4) I don’t pick any from sections where the leaves look ‘ill’ or where there’s water of questionable purity nearby (e.g. roadsides) and is stagnant.
5) I only eat what I know is edible; there’s a ton of edible wild plants (particularly common weeds), grasses and fruit but some are toxic. I have a cast iron stomach but it’s not worth the risk.
6) Berries (like most fruit/veg) can be used for all sorts of food and cosmetics so if I have more than I am going to use straight away they are easily pickled, made intro fruit spread or frozen for later uses – my favourite use being for desserts and sweet snacks!
7) I don’t pick from private gardens.
Love edible berries!