Yesterday I took Fizz out to dinner. Well, it was just a walk really with a bit of foraging but she called it a date and I didn’t mind that.
We got a nice table (hay bale) by the hedgerow and had Sloe berries for starters.
I know that some people say that you have got to wait for the frosts but I like them as they are. Juicy and refreshing but anyway you can always try one and see if you like it, they won’t kill you.
There were lots of berries on the hawthorn too and you can eat them if you want…
But why would you? They are just pip and skin, there is no flesh on them and they are not juicy.
Here’s me and Fizz playing games with our shadows.
You have to break them open and scatter the seeds. The inside is hairy and I just scrape that off with a finger nail…
What’s left is a delicious crunchy little nibble for when you are walking around the field, full of vitamin C.
But all this is just nonsense. The berries are sweets, lovely to nibble on as you wander but not proper food.
I was absolutely delighted to find a pond full of proper food.
This is Water-cress, Nasturtium officinale and it something that I would go to the super-market and buy, so that makes it proper food. It is a delicious peppery salad leaf a bit like wild rocket but better and if you have got two slices of bread and a pond full of Water-cress then you have got a really good sandwich and your lunch.
There is so much of it here that I could fill carrier bags up with it but I like my salad fresh so I just take what I will eat today.
(There are lots of pictures of Water-cress for identification purposes, just in case you decide to eat Dog’s Mercury after reading this, which could kill you. These pictures have been checked by experts from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and are a true and accurate depiction of Nasturtium officinale, it grows in water) 😀