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Elderflower time

Elderflower honey

This morning, I led a small group walk around Park Frankendael and one of the adjoining streets. There are so many edible and medicinal plants growing here at the moment, it’s a real delight to see!

A few of the plants which we found were Mugwort,  Elderflower,  Hedge woundwort, Valerian, Indian strawberry, Daisy,  Yarrow, . . . → Read More: Elderflower time

Day 6 – UH Foraging Challenge

Wallflower (Erysimum)

Wallflower (Erysimum sp.)

This was the closest I could get to orange flowers today as I wandered the Amsterdam King’s Day street market. Perennial wallflowers look bright and cheerful and are edible (depending upon their location of course). They belong to the cabbage family (Brassicacea).

So, what have the challengers been finding? Here’s another . . . → Read More: Day 6 – UH Foraging Challenge

Day 5 – UH foraging challenge


Day 5. Had a lovely morning in Park Frankendael, weeding sycamore seedlings and cow parsley from the orchards. Found the hostas looking beautiful and gathered cleavers,  wild garlic,  ground ivy and lemonbalm with one of my past apprentices.

Then it hailed and was cold so we drank hot chocolate.

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Day 4 – UH foraging challenge

Image and photo credit: Hannah McDonald

Here are some lovely images from my foraging challengers. I’m so impressed by their efforts!

Image and photo credit: Hannah McDonald

Hannah (who is working on illustrations for my books!) has been sketching her finds whilst wandering Amsterdam.

Peter is currently trying to ID this mustard type brassica.

Photo credit: Peter Warnock

And . . . → Read More: Day 4 – UH foraging challenge

Day 3 – UH foraging challenge

Allium ursinum

Allium ursinum

Have just noticed that this is my 600th blog post on Urban Herbology – Thank you for reading it!

A friend and I harvested quite a lot of daslook / wild garlic (Allium ursinum) today in Amsterdam. This plant is on the Netherlands endangered plant list but it grows like a weed . . . → Read More: Day 3 – UH foraging challenge

Join my 30 day challenge!

Today's weeding at the orchards.

A few years ago I challenged myself to blog every day for a year about the edible plants which I find in Amsterdam.  I loved the experience!  Now, I want to challenge you!

The 365 Frankendael project taught me a lot and helped to spread the word about ethical urban foraging. It was a . . . → Read More: Join my 30 day challenge!

Gentle wild garlic

Ramsons in Frankendael Orchards

I stood stupefied and watched a woman take out a knife and cut bunches of Wild garlic from inside the entrance of Park Frankendael this evening. Felt so mad and sad and bewildered that I didn’t know where to begin with her. So just stared at the mini massacre until she saw me and . . . → Read More: Gentle wild garlic

Hot summer herbs

Bugloss in Diemerpark

I’ve led a few herb walks recently and have had a lovely time meeting new people along the way. Today I ran my first herb walk in Diemerpark.  It’s such an interesting location. Until just a few years ago the sunny open site was a rubbish dump for toxic waste. The council had the . . . → Read More: Hot summer herbs

Spring Herbs Risotto

Freshly plucked Fennel and Lemonbalm leaves

This time of year provides a bounty of nourishing and tasty spring herbs. Here is one way that I like to cook them – a simple, no-fuss risotto.

Today I harvested two large feathery  Fennel leaves and three verdant tops of Stinging nettle (from Frankendael herb . . . → Read More: Spring Herbs Risotto

Strawberry Earth – Garden Safari

Strawberry Earth Fair

On Sunday 12th October, please join me for a herbal safari through the Tolhuistuin and surrounding streets of Amsterdam Noord.

As part of the Strawberry Earth Fair I will be offering a foraging walk to find the best wild plants that autumn has to offer. We can expect to find a wide range of . . . → Read More: Strawberry Earth – Garden Safari


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