“A couple of weeks ago, I decided I would need to do my bit to preserve one of the old Orcadian traditions and go to the spoots.”
The dandelion is an extremely important plant for bees and other pollinators as it provides a source of nourishment when most other plants have not yet flowered.
Strictly speaking this isn’t a record of a bygone age at all, as ‘gaan tae the spoots’ is still a pastime enjoyed by a dedicated but seemingly ever decreasing group of folk, although apparently not taken as seriously as in days of yore.
“Friend Andrew sent me a picture of some Blewits which he and wife Sigrid had foraged on a visit to a friend”
Wendy Barrie of the Scottish Food Guide, described the many foraged plants which can be used in cooking to make flavoursome meals.
Megan Taylor (Wild Orkney Walks) took us on a delightful virtual walk from Finstown up to Loch Wasdale as part of the Orkney Foraging Fortnight.
Naturalist and Conservationist Dan Puplett took us on a virtual walk on Saturday 29th of August as part of the Orkney Foraging Fortnight.
‘when you are doing something you love, you forget about everything else….constantly reminding yourself that you can do this.’
Orkney’s Foraging Fortnight starts today 29th of August till 13th of September
Food and drink are making the move online for this year’s Orkney International Science Festival.