Natural History Illustrator Out & About: Foraging with Adele Nozedar

Story posted: Friday, 2. October 2015 by Lizzie Harper

Despite supplying botanical illustrations for the natural history foraging classic "Hedgerow Handbook" by Adele Nozedar, and doing events together (such as at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales) I'd never had the chance to go foraging with her...until Monday.

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Cover of "The Hedgerow Handbook" by Adele Nozedar (illustrated by me)

A beautiful sunny autumn afternon saw a large group of kids and parents meet at Hay Primary School. We had foraged Himalayan Honeysuckle berries before leaving the playground!

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration of himalayan honeysuckle

Himalayan Honesysuckle Leycesteria formosa - from "The Garden Forager" by Adele Nozedar

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Group of foragers setting off across the fields.

Keen children, under the guidance of Adele, showed us adults how to eat raw nettles; and we tried rosehips and elderberries.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration of the nettle urtica diocea

Sketchbook illustration of the Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

Both fruits are not only delicious but crammed with vitamin C and thus very good for you too; we learnt how to make syrups and cordials from these wild goodies.

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Adele telling us about elderberries, and warning the children not to eat too many at once (it can give you tummy ache).

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration elderberry page from The Hedgerow Handbook

Here's the page from The Hedgerow Handbook on Elderflower and elderberry Sambucus nigra.

In a nearby field we found sorrel which proved a big hit with adults and children alike.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration of sorrel from The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar

Sketchbook page of Sorrel Rumex acetosa (which appears in The Hedgerow Handbook)

I think all of us will be having sorrel salads and soup for some time to come.  It being autumn, there were blackberries and hawthorn in abundance.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration of blackberry bramble

Blackberry Rubus fruticosus

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration of Hawthorn

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna

I was very pleased when Adele found some chickweed (also called Greater stitchwort).

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Adele with Chickweed Stellaria holostea

I know it's edible, but had never actually eaten it before and am converted; it's a bit like a cross between pak-choi and watercress and will be lovely and fresh in salads.

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Pencil rough of Chickweed Stellaria holostea

Adele is a mine of information; we learnt that yarrow leaves have psychotrophic effects, and that the leaves of the ribwort plantain are far better for soothing insect bites than dock.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustration botanical illustration of ribwort plantain Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort plantain Plantago lanceolata

We found a gigantic puffball, opened hazel nuts with our teeth, and chewed on the stems of grasses.

Adele Nozedar foraging - a giant puffball

Adele with a puffball

We reached the far end of the field and realised we'd been foraging for over an hour and Adele had to go.  We all trailed happily home, stuffing our faces with elderberries and sorrel, sloes and rosehips.

It's been a long time coming but I can say in all truth that foraging with Adele was well worth the wait; what a brilliant way to spend an afternoon!

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