David Hall recently had the pleasure of visiting Thailand an exciting, dynamic country full of contrast and colour. Being botanically minded he was particularly struck by the diversity of the beautiful Bamboo plants.
Often only thought of in our own country as a useful source of canes for supporting the runner beans this is certainly one of the most useful groups of plants known to man.
I could be sitting in my bamboo chair, eating bamboo shoots from by bamboo bowl with a pair of bamboo chopsticks.
Foraging has now become so popular that it's not unusual to find television programmes devoted to the subject. We says this isn't surprising as foraging for mushrooms is free, fun and your harvest can be extremely tasty.
All sorts of people now go out to replenish their pantry and freezer with free food from the wild rather than pay for it in a supermarket.
There's far less stress and the food can't be fresher. You also get the health benefits from being outside in the fresh air, walking across fields and through woods rather than pushing a trolley down a crowded aisle.