Foods to Forage in December

imagessdecWell. it seems that Winter has well and truly arrived, with storms, floods, frosty mornings and Christmas lights and holly wreaths everywhere you look.  Winter may not be the most fruitful time of year to forage for edible plants, however, in the spirit of the season and of frugal living, you can still forage for non-food seasonal foliage, berries and other festive bits and pieces that not only are free but look tonnes better than the plastic store bought varieties.

Holly Tree at Burgh Castle, that some kind local soul has decorated in memory of lost pets.... sweet.

Holly Tree at Burgh Castle, that some kind local soul has decorated in memory of lost pets…. sweet.

So this month, as well as edible wild foods I shall point out other non-edible treasures to be on the look out for this December.

Here then, is a list of December’s main attractions on the foraging stage.

Foods to Forage in December

Blewit

Chanterelle

Chickweed

Fairy-ring Champignon

Honey Fungus

Oyster Mushrooms

Velvet Shank

Non-Food Items to Forage in December

Pine Cones

Ivy

Holly leaves and Berries (careful these are poisonous)

Pine & Spruce Sprigs

Logs, Bark, Twigs and Sprigs of Wood.

Below are a few ideas of how you can use these to decorate your home this festive season:

Cut some groves in an orange and prick with cloves, then add your foraged bits and pieces to make a lovely scented table decoration.

Cut some grooves in an orange and prick with cloves, then add your foraged bits and pieces to make a lovely scented table decoration.


Place a scented candle in the middle of a display made from wood foraged goodies to use as a table centre for your festive table!

Place a scented candle in the middle of a display made from wood foraged goodies to use as a table centre for your festive table!


Dress your fireplace and Christmas tree with woodland foraged goodies. Not only do they look good but they smell good too! Makes an artificial tree smell of real pine!

Dress your fireplace and Christmas tree with woodland foraged goodies. Not only do they look good but they smell good too! Makes an artificial tree smell of real pine!


Winter Holly Boquet

Winter Holly Boquet


Fireplace  pimping!

Fireplace pimping!


Tree Decoration

Tree Decoration


Tree Decoration

Tree Decoration

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