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Lynn’s Urban Foraging Rules

Winter Purslane Oud Zuid

Here is an outline of my personal foraging rules, for picking edible plants in urban environments. 

Above all, be considerate, careful and moderate whether harvesting from your own plants or those growing in public spaces. Be: Accurate Light Clean Legal Enriching Safe

1. Accurate Harvest 100% CERTAINTY OF IDENTIFICATION Know the plant, know the . . . → Read More: Lynn’s Urban Foraging Rules

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A year ago I decided to show you a taste of what can be picked and eaten from the streets and parks of Amsterdam, every day for a year. That year came to an end today. It has been quite a journey!

There was never a day without edible or medicinal herbs growing wild. As . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 365

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I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for a day less than a year, today.  Hard to look at any plants without thinking of how to use them. I think that there are worse things to get hooked on though!

Today, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), small leaves at the moment but plenty of it around.

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Garlic Mustard seems to be everywhere at the moment, and Stinging Nettle and Ground Ivy! I didn’t take very many photos today but here is a pavement crack full of minty, flowering Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacae):

I picked a small handful to make tea, from a lovely clean woodland edge.

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Winter purslane

Very pretty Maple tree, in flower close to Amstel Station.

And I was really happy to find a tree pit full of Winter Purslane / Miner’s Lettuce (perfolium) along side the park today.

See how similar the Miner’s lettuce looks to this other plant at first glance. Both were growing in the same . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 362

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Chickweed today (Stellaria media). Such a useful herb, for healing grazes, soothing eyes, reading itches and vanishing away aches and pains. It also aids the uptake of other herbs by the body.

And also today, Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum). Edible and useful.

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In five days time, I’ll have been charting the edible and medicinal herbs of this little corner of Amsterdam, for one year. It has been eye opening to me and has brought me lots of unexpected gifts.

One of these is my apprenticeship programme. Today the first group meet for the seventh time. We took . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 360

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I visited Delft today and was pleased to notice just the same useful “weeds”there that I am used to finding here in Amsterdam.

This tree planter arrangement caught my eye. It uses wire mesh and small additional lips pod garden wire, to hold pot plants against a street tree. I’m not sure how . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 359

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We had a lovely walk to Jeugdland in Oost Amsterdam today and founds lots of wonderful herbs along the way and at the playground.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) NL: Bijvoet. This is the first I have found this year and as it’s a regular part of my diet I am delighted that I’ll be . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 358

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Today, Campanula, as a pretty (and edible plant pot.


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