Try and forage for free natural food.
Free, healthy and natural, Autumn presents food in abundance for those who forage. This morning I ate blackberries off the bush, apples straight from the tree, field mushrooms fresh from the ground and grapes from the vine. Autumn in the UK provides a feast of fruit, nuts, fungi, berries and vegetables which with a little knowledge anyone can enjoy.
The world moves slowly towards a global food crisis, a global winter of famine is advancing just as winter starts to embrace the land of Britain in its cold hungry clutches. I see in gardens in Colchester fruit left to waste, to fall off tree or bush ignored by humanity. It appears humanity is blind to what is in front of their nose, free healthy food if only they could see it.
How crazy that people prefer over-priced blackberries in retail stores, treated with chemicals, stored in ways that encourage growth of toxic fungi or bacteria: £2.00 for a plastic box in Tesco but free and waiting for picking off the bush in Hilly Fields.
This morning I discovered a fungus called a giant puffball (see photo), finding a puffball is down to chance, so I struck lucky today. Tonight and tomorrow I will be in nature learning to cook in the wild using a puffball as one of my ingredients.
At Colchester library I am learning more about fungi, working out the edible from the poisonous fungi. I may get adventurous and try a Parasol mushroom that I saw growing abundantly in a local nature park. I am also looking at grasses from which I will make bread from.
Foraging free food is fun, and with knowledge a safe, healthy alternative to the processed food sold in retail stores.