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Have your pick of nature's larder; Unearth amazing and delicious foodstuffs while enjoying the great outdoors on a food foraging trip then cook up a storm and be shaken and stirred by a spot of wild cocktail mixing.wild food foraging.

Byline: FIONA RUSSELL

What is it?

Hunting and discovering the wild foods that can be eaten or used usefully as a medical or health aid.

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Scotland's countryside and coast are amazingly abundant in wild foods and herbs if you know where to look.

Wild food foraging trips are led by experts who can show you the good and the dangerous in our natural larder. Most outings are on foot and many offer plentiful opportunities for tasting and even cooking up the wild foods that you discover.

In late summer and autumn, the types of foods that you might forage for include rosehips, elderberries, raspberries, wild strawberries, hazelnuts, brambles and many types of mushrooms.

There are a number of outdoors providers that offer wild food foraging trips, including Galloway Wild Foods, run by Mark Williams.

He said: "Foraging is a great activity for all ages, especially in the coming months. But care must be taken over what you forage for so as to protect our natural environment and also to avoid toxic plants.

"An expert will show you all the great foodie finds, such as delicious chanterelles in August and ceps in September."

Mark will also lead a weekend of wild food foraging at Dell Lodge, Dell of Abernethy, Nethy Bridge, in the Cairngorms National Park.

And the Autumn Good Life Workshop takes place on August 28 to 30.

Dell of Abernethy co-owner Polly Cameron said: "Mark will show foragers the huge bounty of produce in local woodlands and riversides, from fungi and plants to berries and herbs.

"After finding the foodstuffs, we'll come back to base for identification, cooking, feasting and wild cocktail mixing. We'll enjoy cocktails made with fragrant foraged botanicals and dine together around our woodland firepit, because food always tastes better outside."

Other wild food foraging experiences can be found at Scot Mountain Holidays, based in Boat of Garten, near Aviemore. Many of the guided walks, including those for families, offer the chance to spot edible wild foods.

Who is it for? All ages.

When can we do it? All year round, although autumn is a very good time.

Cost? Contact the provider.

Anything else to do? Enjoy food foraging on a bushcraft weekend, a canoe adventure, a gourmet day or as part of a Wild Booze Walk with www.gallowaywildfoods.com/

Contacts: The Dell of Abernethy: www.holiday-cairngorm.co.uk; Galloway Wild Foods: www.gallowaywildfoods.com; Scot Mountain Holidays: scotmountainholidays.com;

oin me on my adventures in Scotland's great outdoors by checking out my award-winning website at www.fionaoutdoors.co.uk - you'll find lots of great information about walking, cycling, running, other outdoor activities and kit reviews.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT You'll be amazed at range of edibles on offer

DRINK IN NATURE Make wild cocktails using fragrant, foraged botanicals

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 23, 2015
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