Wild parsnip , Not for the wary forager

This is probably the most difficult post I’ve made regarding wild edibles as I’ve been pondering on the ramifications of this plant as a foragable resource and if the promotion of its foragability alone is an act of irresponsibility in itself or is it more responsible to promote awareness of hazards within foraging ,
I think back to my first seasons of foraging and I can say it was without eating a single plant , mushroom or wild edible I made a pact with myself to be able to identify the dangers of foraging before I could find the prizes mainly rammed into me by my father who had a keen interest in the outdoors and in a time when foraging was less publicly deemed as an exciting skill .

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My brush with the invasive species topic

I was in a discussion recently which I found really interesting even if I was slightly out of my depth knowledge wise ,
We were discussing the impact on our countryside by invasive plant species now I was undoubtedly the least intelligent of the group but found my views being adopted over some of the more educated members ,
I have a mixed opinion on the topic being a conservationist and a forager some of the plants being discussed cause a conflict within me ,

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Donkey rhubarb , love it or hate it , responsible foraging

I’ve decided to write a piece on Japanese knotweed ( Fallopia japonica ) which is a wild edible that I actively use in various recipes ,
I’ve had various conversations with other foragers and conservationists regarding donkey rhubarb ‘ as we called it as children, many of them quite passionate with really good arguments on both sides of the fence but the one thing that I’ve noticed from both sides is the lack of actual information people are aware of is staggering , some of the most common comments made are ,

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