Wild Food Foraging

Explore the beautiful landscape of Scone Palace at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair through new eyes, discovering the natural bounty that Scotland in September has to offer

Join Amy from Hipsters and Hobos for a unique foraging experience through the Palace grounds.

Build up your identification skills, gather a range of edible plants, seeds, fruit and fungi, before returning to the food tent to prepare a wild food inspired dish.

September is a prime time of the year for foraging in a diverse environment makes this a must for any nature lover or foodie.

Pre-booking is essential as numbers are extremely limited.

Guests should bring a basket and foraging knife if they have one and suitable footwear. Suitable for all skill levels.

£18 a ticket available Friday 24th September & Sunday 26th September only.

Meet at The Field Kitchen Theatre entrance at 10.15AM for a departure at 10.30 sharp!

Children over the age of 5 are welcome, but please not the terrain is not suitable for buggies or prams.

The walk will end back at the theatre for the presentation at 12.30 with the foragers and is also open for visitors to come and watch.

Generously sponsored by NatureScot

Wild garlic has a lighter flavour to traditional bulb garlic, and the green, pointed leaves and white flowers of this bulbous perennial flowering plant are easy to identify, making it a good first foray into foraging.

The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and can be blended to make a delicious pesto to add to pasta, salads or soups.

The British Isles is home to a staggering 15,000 species of wild mushrooms or fungi. These organisms live almost everywhere in the UK, but tend to grow more abundantly in woodland and grassland. For those who know little about fungi, the task of identifying them can be difficult.

If you are unsure whether a wild mushroom is safe to eat or not, seek advice from an expert.

Be careful what you pick – some species of mushroom and fungi are poisonous and can even be fatal if eaten. Make sure to read up on the various specious beforehand, as well as ensure the information is reliable and up to date. Have a read of the Scottish Wild Mushroom Code to get you started.

Wild rose hips, the fruit of the wild dog rose, pepper our British hedgerows and are ripe from September until the end of October. Not only are they deliciously fruity, tangy and slightly spicy, they are very nutritious.

Rose hips provide one of the best natural and abundantly available sources of vitamin C. During war time rationing, they were made into syrups and given to children for this reason.

Foraging in Scotland is a fun and exciting way to get up close to nature and wildlife, and then getting to taste the fruits of your labour afterwards. However, there are a few rules to follow along the way:

  • In line with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to collect wild plants or fungi on a National Nature Reserve (NNR) or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • Only take what you can use – be mindful to leave enough for everyone, including the wildlife who call the forest home.

Learn more about the guidelines around foraging in Scotland.


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