The summer nettle & honeysuckle cocktail featured on episode 4 of Escape to the Farm was made in the height of summer. It might’ve been raining but it tasted of June and, if you’re lucky, you’ll still find a few honeysuckle flowers clinging onto un-cut hedgerows and will be able to make a taste of summer even in November. Nettles have a second flush of growth in the autumn & you’ll be able to gather young leaves right up until winter.
Sit in a sunny window & pretend you’re back in the summer (just not on a rainy summer’s day).
If you’re going out foraging for ingredients always make sure you know exactly what you’re picking, some wild plants are poisonous. Go with someone who knows what they’re doing or check your plants in a foraging book.
When you pick, don’t take more than you need and make sure you leave plenty behind to regrow. Avoid areas that might be polluted and try and pick above dog height!
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