Harvest time is on its way and all about London there is plenty of fruit and vegetables available for the urban forager (no not the bin behind Tesco). Inspired in no small part by Rene Redzepi and the NOMA phenomenon foraging is very en vogue, though the purists might argue that it is the great Richard Mabey who bought foraging to a wider audience many years before everyone in the world of food & drink got themselves in a tizzy about a little restaurant in Denmark.
If you fancy yourself as the next Rene or Richard then Abundance London might be a good place to start. Now in its fourth year, the Chiswick Abundance group meets regularly in gangs of up to ten people to harvest fruit in private gardens and on the streets of west London. Apples, plums, damsons are nearly ripe for plucking and an online map points the way to the trees to visit. This year’s Abundance Fruit day, with apple pressings and jam sales, will be on October 1 at St Michaels & All Angels church.