Foraging Basics (L1): Learn Basic Plant Id and Foraging Skills | B Kool | Skillshare

Foraging Basics (L1): Learn Basic Plant Id and Foraging Skills

B Kool, Barefoot Forager and amateur Herbsmith.

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
7 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Guidelines

    • 3. Nettle

    • 4. Dandelion

    • 5. Cleavers

    • 6. Ramsons

    • 7. Conclusion & Next Steps


About This Class

Identifying, experiencing and foraging plants in the wild can be a hugely rewarding but sometimes daunting experience when you first start. In these times of change, to be able to identify and responsibly forage food plants is a valuable and exciting skill to learn, increasing our skills and interest in natural world.

In this class we learn to recognise and identify a number of plants in the wild in Springtime, that can be used as food or herbs for teas.


The course is designed to increase your knowledge and appreciation of wild plants so you understand how to start foraging and using them, and connecting more with the nature.

In a format of slides, photos and videos, we learn some simple guidelines for foraging.

We learn about appreciating plants and foraging sustainably, safely and responsibly.

We learn about 4 easily recognisable edible/herb plants common in UK and different countries around the world.

I encourage you to open your eyes to the natural world, whether you live in a city, the countryside or an appartment. Nature is all around.

This is a beginner level class that may also be suitable for intermediates wishing to brush up on their skills.

The class will give the students a good foundation and entry into appreciating and safely foraging plants in the wild.

N.B. When I created this class, in the UK we'd just entered the 'covid lockdown' and also the period of time in the year called the 'hungry gap' when there's anyway less variety of produced foods. Yet I noticed around me that the wild plants were thriving. I wanted to create a course that helped people with an interest in learning about wild plants understand foraging to get started if they wanted to access and begin their journey with foraged plants, and increase their skills for when they are free to attend a foraging class/walk in nature in the future.

I am not responsible for your usage of this class, it is for entertainment/educational use only, and as such if you choose to forage wild plants you take complete responsibility for doing so. I do not encourage frivilous foraging! Foraging can be hazardous! Not all plants will be suitable for everyone. Please ask a professional such as a qualified herbalist or professional forager if the plants are suitable. If you decide to forage wild food I suggest using this class to supplement guidance from a professional and experienced forager, and reference books. It can be used purely for appreciating and expanding individual's knowledge of plants. This class may be used as a 'Visual foraging' tool - purely to Identify and appreciate wild plants, rather than pick and nibble!


1. Introduction: foraging is about identifying useful and edible plants in the wild, on being confident and able to pick them and use them responsibly and knowledgeable. Forging is a great skill talent moment. It's gaining popularity and is very useful in these changing times. This'll classes, called foraging basics, is designed for beginners. You want to start learning about foraging and plant I D. On, but also for those with a little bit of experience already here. Who wants to remind us my approach to foraging is not learning hundreds of plants to fill up your shopping basket, beginning to know a handful of plants and almost to build a relationship with. After you learned about three or four, you can learn about this with the same for each same mentality. I like to forage less like grocery shopping and more like I'm visiting a library or a non gallery. It's about meeting the plant in this class will explore guidelines on how to forage safely , responsibly and ethically. You'll also be showing the number of plants in detail at the end of the class. You should leave with a better understanding of plans foraging and plant I D. On the compliments to start meeting on. It's easy 2. Guidelines: thanks for joining the foraging Basics class for Get a look at some guidelines on how to forage safely and responsibly and then will meets implants. The guidelines depicted here are meant Teoh encourage on simplify, foraging safely and forging responsibly. The four guidelines are forage safely for it cleanly. For it responsibly forage respectfully. Of course, safety is very important. With foraging, you're learning often Plants you know, had experience with before or you don't know the properties andare some plants that very similar to others. So it's important that you understand the safety guidelines for safe foraging. Obviously, you need to know the plant I d. 100% before you. Where possible is important. You pick plants cleanly. Inhabitants are clean and safe. Foraging responsibly is about looking after the plants, respecting the laws on other people's property. Foraging respectfully, is about respecting the plants, respect in the areas they live in on and taking care of those areas. It's also about recognising a connection with plants. The guidelines for foraging respectfully that I've written I just ideas because everyone has their own way to be respectful. - Thanks for reading the guidelines on Get ready for the next lesson where we'll start meeting the blunts 3. Nettle: now that we've considered the forging guidelines, Weaken meets implants To apply them, I will present one plant for lesson with written information to pause and make notes. There will be a description common habitats on traditional uses and at the end of exercise for getting used to noticing plants in the wild. The first plant in the Siri's is a very common plant, as often considered a weed is actually highly nutritious. On it contains iron, calcium, various vitamins and minerals on its characterized by spiky leaves with jagged E. T on the stem and the leaves covered in fine, brittle hairs on the stem itself is very straight on the hairs on the leaves of thing that actually causes a stink. So nettle sting on contact and producer energy. You're taking sensation, and the leaves of the plants are perpendicular pairs, so the alternatives they go up the stem nettles seem to like nitrogen rich soils around urban areas on around palpitations, on places where people have lived in the past, around edges of fields, compost, heaps, gardens, woodlands. It is quite a common plan, especially in climates like the UK Andi Nettles been used throughout history and prehistory for various uses. Andi often has been used as a food or her belly source have been used for making fabrics. Common uses for nettle are as a vegetable, so you can believe similar to spinach just steamed or put it the soups. They've also often been used for herbal teas. When thinking the leaves for eating or for herbal teas on the top 2 to 4 leaves a pit on, especially eating their respect before the plant has flowered, which is usually around mid to late June. Traditional herbal uses Um, very Andi. It's been used for Xmas on to boost iron and think, um has been used used for its fibres to make close to make road another fabrics. - Okay , you'll go Teoh i d the plant, among other plants. 4. Dandelion: the next plant is considered very common garden. We'd when really it's a very nutritious and useful world. Blunt the leaves spread out with in a rosette pattern, with the flower stems coming out from the middle. The leaves are like two dark green Andi clearly teeth, which is where they get the name lands. The flowers are bright yellow with raggedy edges, the seed heads of fluffy Andi, the Caesar umbrella like, which means that easily dispersed by the wind. The plant is very common in many countries around the world. UH, it likes also serve environments. Meadows, fields, gardens on the edges of woodlands. Every part of the plant has been used. Usually it's used either as an edible food or herb early. The leaves can be either raw in salads or can be likely cooked. Steamed on the routes could be roasted. Probably done. Lion has many traditional uses. It's often being used for either. Is high potassium content for the better quality? Um, both the leaves on the route I used, the reach has been used coffee substitute, cleaned, dried and roasted and then ground, making excellent coffee alternative. - Okay , you'll go to I d the Florent. Among other plans. - No 5. Cleavers: next plant is a really common springtime implant that's really great and heard on springtime vegetables. Cleavers Plant has a square stem. Andi Long Spear like leafs. Very small white flowers. The plant is uprights for sprawling, often climbing up the side of fences or other plants. Leaves and stem are covered in tiny hooks, which make them feel sticky. Andi. Make them stick. Teoh Fabric Andi clothing cleavers are generally in temperate climates on bond. As with many of these wild plants that really like the edges of fields on pastures and gardens and woodland, the plant will reach up Teoh 1 to 2 meters high. Flans are almost always in groups. Thats another plant that's been used as a coffee substitute father. It doesn't really taste like coffee. Theme seeds were dried and roasted. A really good, good way to use Cleveland's is as a vegetable plant on bond. Best pick, kind of from the top part of the plant. Andi. It's very nice, steamed or cooked like spinach leaves, maybe it and raw. But they're not very tasty or particularly edible. Road cleavers is often used her belly as a cleansing spring tonic on gets very to make just pick some leaves. AM Picks, um, stems on infused them in water either overnight or for a couple of hours. There are a few plants that look similar to cleavers, but it is a member of the bed straw family on bond. There some resemblance is the other bed stores you can see in the video how cleavers clearly sticks to fabric especially. Well, - okay , you're go, Teoh I d the plant, among other plants. 6. Ramsons: The next plan is a fairly magical plant that's quite common in some areas, on very least, living up. Its strong smell infuses woodlands in the springtime. - The plant has long pointed green leaves. The leaves are quite broad. The texture of the leaves is robbery but delicate. Similar to basil leaf. There's a defined spine along the back of the league. Flowers are white in groups at the end of a tool straight stem. Thompson's smell strongly of garlic, and they taste strongly of garlic, woodlands and spring with Thompson's smell strongly of garlic. The plant appears in woodlands in spring and along river banks. It likes quite relatively damp soil. On that shape, it grows with many plants, often in their largest area. On is often interspersed with other non edible plants like bluebell. Trump sins is mani's by people as a feet. The leaves are edible roar. It could be cuts in soups or just as a green vegetable. And there's some great recipes for wild pesto using Rampton leaves instead of basil wings. When Ram sins has been used, her belly, it's often for its anti bacterial on antiviral properties. Okay, you'll go Teoh i d. The plant, among other plants 7. Conclusion & Next Steps: Thanks for watching. I'm participating in the class. Hopefully it's been fun on. And you've learned some new skills and new information. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects below. I encourage you to go out on meet the plants in the wild. Please let me know. If you've enjoyed the class on Would like to see more in the future by