Some of the most delicious ingredients are free, and just a country walk away or even closer. In Jekka’s Herbetum we have a number of raised beds dedicated to UK native and indigenous herbs which enables us to showcase what we have on our doorsteps. These are becoming increasingly popular due to the fashion of foraging and cooking with culinary wild herbs.
Foraging can be really easy and can be done in your local area. However, care must be taken when picking from the wild and you need to be sure that what have you gathered is indeed edible. If in doubt, please do not eat and seek an expert’s opinion. Also, you should not gather plants that are by busy roads where they can absorb the polluting fumes of traffic as well as plants that might have been sprayed with herbicide.
Here is our pick of some of the most useful and widespread herbs hiding in hedgerows across Britain.
Jekka's favourite UK native herbs
It is joyous to be able to walk along the lane and around our field and find so many herbs that one can forage, pick and eat just as our forefathers did. We hope you will have a look around and see what you can discover. It really is surprising how many really useful plants are growing in the areas where we live, and yet most people have not a clue and either ignore the plants, or perhaps go as far as killing them as weeds. But as we have mentioned, please seek advice if you are uncertain of what a plant is before eating.