Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Foraging for wild food? There's an app for that

FErret makes a point of finding all his food on the ground, but he understands that you humans often prefer hygienic, well-lit aisles in the supermarket. Fortunately, City College Plymouth lecturer David Beazley is here to tell you all why you are better off picking up your food from a forest floor.

The chef lecturer has created a best-selling iPhone app, The Forager's Apprentice, to introduce a nervous public to the delights of wild food. It presents smartphone users with a selection of Britain's most commonly foraged foods, from wild strawberries to brown crab. It's not a comprehensive guide to flora and fauna, however, so don't pick up that death cap mushroom just because you think it looks "close enough" to a cep.

His expertise has also brought him to the notice of the US TV network ABC, who are featuring him in the documentary series Born to Explore. In the programme, Mr Beazley will take explorer and presenter Richard Wiese foraging on Dartmoor, before showing him how to cook what they find. …

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