YMEs Foraging Course: Led by Elliot Nicholls

Join Elliot and the Yorkshire Mushroom Emporium for a day of discovery into the world of edible fungi and flora on one of our foraging courses inand around North Leeds, West Yorkshire!

What is foraging?

Foraging is the art of searching for and gathering edible plants, fruits, nuts and fungi, and is a fun and rewarding way of spending time out in nature! It involves developing and sharing knowledge on species identification, species availability due to location/climate/season, culinary/medicinal uses of foraged ingredients, and identification of potentially harmful or toxic species.

What does the course involve?

The duration of the course is typically 3 hours starting with an introduction to foraging and a run through of the day’s itinerary. The main activity will be a 3 – 4 mile walk through the area searching for and collecting edible species led by Elliot. This will involve walking on well-established paths to slightly less trodden routes with regular breaks to discuss any species found on the walk. We will then wrap the session up with a good cup of tea! Made either from herbs that we have foraged or some YME Lion’s Mane Extract! Each person will be able to take home some freshly cultivated mushrooms as well as anything they find!

About the Course Leader: Elliot Nicholls

Elliot grew up in a rural farming town in the UK and started to learn about local wildlife from a young age.Duringlockdownhis curiosity evolved into an obsession when he found himself settled in the middle of the Scottish woods surrounded by autumnal fungi and ancient woodland andstarted a journey of discovery into the benefits of local wildlife. Elliot has continued his studies into plants, fungi and food, studying horticulture with the RHS,organizing community walks, andteaching speciesidentification as well as safe and sustainable ways of foraging. As a self-confessed mycophile and wild food enthusiast he jumps at any opportunity to discuss the medicinal, nutritional, and mindful benefits that come with foraging.