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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

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

Wonderful Walkers!


Huge thanks to all the lovely people who joined me for herb walks in Park Frankendael recently. It was a pleasure to meet you all, to see new faces, familiar faces and to hear your stories and questions.  Here a few links and photos which the walks brought to my mind. If you . . . → Read More: Wonderful Walkers!

April – May Herbs in Amsterdam

Teasel Frankendael

April and May are very busy and green months!

There were two very pleasant public herb walks in April. Thanks to everyone who came along. It was so wonderful to meet you!

The Frankendael Park orchard project began. River of Herbs is gradually transforming the four old orchards behind Restaurant Merkelbach into shady . . . → Read More: April – May Herbs in Amsterdam


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