Hello there! I’m Lisa Cutcliffe, foraging-guide-in-chief and all-round mushroom-nut here at Edulis. I’m based in Leeds, Yorkshire. I run courses and forage for wild food all over the UK.
Scheduled open courses
I’ll be leading guided foraging walks in the wider Yorkshire area, and further afield, introducing edible species as we come across them. I can find something wild to eat all year round, but many edibles are dormant over the winter. Course dates are now available for March to May 2015 so book a place on one of my wild food walks today!
Bespoke courses and private tuition
I love taking people out foraging in their own area to help them discover what grows locally and gain confidence in finding wild food close to where they live. So you can also book me for corporate events and team-building days or I can tailor a bespoke course for any group to suit your requirements. Contact me and we can discuss options and pricing, depending on where you are in the country and how many people might like to join in.
Wild food supplies and ingredients
I can supply various types of wild ingredients when in season and, in some cases, pick sustainably to order, especially for wild greens. So whether you’re a chef, herbalist or an adventurous home cook, do get in touch to discuss your requirements.
A bit about me…
I’ve been foraging for wild food in some form since childhood and accrued a broad knowledge of British plants, trees, birds and butterflies from a young age, thanks to my awesome parents and grandparents (and Usbourne nature guides!).
I started studying edible wild mushrooms in earnest about 10 years ago when I found out from a cooking show that expensive and delicious porcini mushrooms (cep, Boletus edulis) grow in the UK and made it my mission to find one! It took a couple of years to find my first cep, during which time finding and identifying wild fungi had rapidly become an unquenchable passion for me. Gaining a fuller knowledge of other wild foods and their benefits soon followed.
With a degree in biology, being a keen gardener and veg grower, and having a lifelong fascination with nature and wildlife, I’m interested in all aspects of wild food and medicinals – fruits, fungi, flowers, seeds, roots, barks, leaves, meats, seaweeds, fish, shellfish… everything. I love finding, cooking with, preserving and eating tasty and unusual ingredients and exploring the health benefits of the wealth of incredible wild species we can find right on our doorsteps and along our coastlines.
For the fungi fans
As of this autumn (2015) I have now found and tried 114 different species of edible fungi in the UK. I’m thoroughly enjoying this journey of discovery and love to share my knowledge with others. I’m also an admin on a popular fungi forum on Facebook: Mushroom foraging United Kingdom.
I believe in sustainable and responsible foraging – never taking everything, always leaving some to complete its lifecycle and for other wildlife to eat. I’m also keen to instill due caution and respect when learning to identify wild species, especially where it is being gathered for consumption. We mustn’t try to run before we can walk… that’s when mistakes can happen and cause serious injury or even fatality. Check, double-check and then check again… and *never* eat any mushroom (or anything) unless you are 100% sure of its identity and that it is edible.
Get in touch
I hope you enjoy my site and seeing all the wonderful things I find to show you from my foraging adventures around the UK. Please do say hello and give me any feedback or comments on posts, pictures and video guides. And do contact me if you’re interested in courses, private foraging tuition or wild ingredients.
Foraging guide and wild-food-muncher, Edulis