Wild Irish Foragers & Preservers
Wild Irish Foragers & Preservers are a Family run business rooted in the heart of Ireland where they forage from the woodlands, meadows, hedgerows & bog lands around their 5th generation family farm.Sharon and Gordon Greene have an inherent love for the countryside and tradition. Gordon is The Forager, a man who believes he is a Caretaker of the land – not a Cultivator of the land. Sharon is The Preserver, converting his seasonal hauls of wild berries, fruits, flowers and herbs, into unique preserves, using time honoured recipes from a history bank of old food heritage.
In this natural environment, Gordon gathers Hawthorn flowers, Elder flowers, Meadow sweet, two types of Clover, Honeysuckle, Nettles, Rowan berries, Elderberries, Hawthorn berries, beech nuts, crab apples, damsons, sloes and rose hips. When the Gorse is in flower, he takes thick gardening gloves and a comfy chair, to hand pick blooms – and ends up covered in yellow petals quite often! Gordon’s ‘caretaker’ attitude means he always leave enough wild produce behind to feed the wildlife.
Every season brings a new ingredient and new excitement in the kitchen. Sharon sets to work, with a traditional preserving pan and equipment, often ancient recipes – and pure woman power. All her preserves have their own story to tell. Beginning with Rose hip Syrup, which was the first syrup Sharon ever made to give to her growing family as a health drink.