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Meet the Forager: Alex Richards, Island Wild Food
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Growing up on the Island, Alex developed a love of foraging as she spent much of her time outdoors. Find her searching the Island’s coast and woodland for the most seasonal item before turning them into something really delicious!
What is the best thing about the Isle of Wight foodie scene? There’s lots of small unique companies on the Island doing amazing things and making some excellent local produce.
What is your favourite item to forage? That’s hard to answer as it depends on the season, but it would be elderflower or wild fennel in the summer, sea buckthorn or elderberries in autumn, sea beet in winter and wild garlic or nettles in spring.
What is your favourite dish to cook using foraged ingredients? I’ve got really into making nettle pancakes recently. I like them with my home-made foraged crab apple jelly or gorse flower syrup.
Where is your favourite place to go out to eat on the Island? I usually like to eat outdoors at the beach or make something somewhere by the sea in my camper van. If I had to pick somewhere to buy food though, I’d say Wightwood Pizza van. Can’t beat a pizza on the beach at Freshwater Bay.
What is your favourite event on the Island? Rhythmtree Festival as it’s nice and small, with lots of friendly people and tasty food, but I do have to escape each day for a swim in the sea!