Gorse flowers make a lovely syrup
Foraging is a really #hyggelig activity. The Danes do a lot of it & so do we here at Hyggebox. If you like nature & eating there’s really nothing better.
Foraging connects us with the natural world in a very intimate way. Sally started foraging a few years ago & now plans the menus around the available foods. After a long illness it helped her get fit both mentally & physically. Foraging is also a great way to practice the Danish idea of bringing nature into the house to feel that connection all the time.
Learning where things grow & at what time of year is a great way to live in the moment, slow down & appreciate the world around you — almost the very definition of mindfulness. These things have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure & increase wellness.
If all this sounds a little too virtuous for you just remember, at the end of foraging you get to eat.
Spring is the perfect season to start foraging as some of the most widespread & delicious items are ready to be picked & enjoyed. This month we dedicated our box to foraging & used Elderflower as an example of how to forage & what can be done with the foods you find.
Elderflowers are beautifully fragrant
Elderflower is a gorgeous thing. We love picking them, the scent is wonderful. They are very easy to find along hedgerows throughout the UK & can’t really be mistaken for anything else. Making your own Elderflower Cordial is easy, a lot cheaper than buying it & the whole house smells of Elderflowers for a day.
Once you have mastered cordial there’s a lot more you can do with these beautiful flowers. Sally’s favourite recipe is an Elderflower & lemon curd & she loves to cure fish with it. Our Elderflower Guide has a bunch of recipes as well as instructions for collecting & preparing Elderflowers to get the maximum flavour from them.
Foraging highlights for us are nettles (Feb-April), wild garlic (March-May), Elderflowers (May-June), gorse flowers (April-May), wild violets (May) Wild mint (May-July), blackcurrants (June), Elderberries (August), blackberries (August-September), mushrooms (June-October), Rowan (October) & Rosehips (September-October)
Wild Garlic is a fab addition to your kitchen
Nettles are a lot like spinach & are great for allergy relief
Field mushrooms grow after rain & are much tastier than what we buy in supermarkets
We make lots of things with foraged foods & can honestly say they are some of the most satisfying meals we eat (maybe its my Yorkshire genes but free food is extra tasty). Besides that we have learned more about plants, habitats & the changing of the seasons. It gives us something to appreciate year round — totally Hyggelig!
We have foraging kits available on our shop including our exclusive elderflower guide with unique recipes.