The UK has some of the most diverse environments in the world, and this means that if you’re looking to travel around the British Isles, you can find lots of healthy, natural foods pretty much everywhere you go. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with where to look, you can sustain yourself extremely well on what you can find. So, if you’re looking to really live off the land while you travel, here’s how.
Foraging through the Forests
Go back thousands of years and the entirety of the UK was covered in thick forests. Now, forests are less prolific, but they still exist in various parts of the country, and they’re full of amazing things for you to eat – if you know where to look. Trees contain a range of fruits and nuts in their foliage, whilst at their base; you might be able to find edible mushrooms. Obviously, it’s important to know what you’re looking for here, as some toadstools are poisonous.
Edible Delights Are Everywhere
Outside of forests and woods, there are plenty of places to find food. Stinging nettles can be found in even the most urban of areas, and once boiled, they can make for a delicious cup of tea, or strained, they have a taste very similar to spinach, and almost as nutritious. If you’re near a field or meadow, you could find a range of herbs such as parsley, mint or thyme, all of which are edible and can add flavour to any dish; all of which cost a fortune in the shops.
Rivers, Lakes and Oceans
Britain has a very mild climate, and this means that rivers and lakes are everywhere. There’s life abundant, here, and this provides excellent food opportunities. If you’re up for a spot of fishing, there’s any number of fish to be caught and eaten – ensuring you have a fishing licence and the suitable equipment (look for a retailer like FishingHut if you need to purchase a rod). Even more basic, however, you could lay cages with some fish in them, and you could catch shrimp, crayfish, and eels. Of course, Britain is an island, so around the coast there are many opportunities to find food. Edible seaweeds, crabs, clams, whelks, muscles and fish are everywhere, and with a simple net, a rock pool can be a forager’s best friend.
As you can see, the UK is full of opportunities for a hungry traveller to take what they need in a sustainable manner, if you know where to look.