What you can forage in summer months
Summer in the UK is prime season for foraging wild berries. Blueberries and wild strawberries love hot weather, though the strawberries you’ll find in woods and hedgerows will be quite different from those in the shops: they’ll be small and intensely flavoured, and will be at their best towards the end of summer. Blackberries ripen later in summer too, at the end of July and August; don’t pick them from their homes in hedges and heaths unless they have a full, rich colour.
Elderberries, hawthorn berries and rowan berries are also great summer foraging fruits, while sloes — perfect for making your own sloe gin — and wild raspberries tend to ripen later, as the weather begins to cool. Crab apples are prime candidates for gorgeous crab apple jelly, and are available for picking in late August.