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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

Tuesday 31st July 2012 Urbanherbology Walk in Sarphatipark

Sarphati monument

Every time I walk or cycle past Sarphatipark, edible and medicinal plants seem to leap out at me, through the iron fence! So, as I continue to build material for my project and book, I think its time I ran an Urban Herb Walk there. I’d like to see just how many urban edibles . . . → Read More: Tuesday 31st July 2012 Urbanherbology Walk in Sarphatipark

Gathering Herbs in May

Livvy and the Lime trees

Here are a few tips on what to take with you, if you go foraging in Amsterdam, or anywhere else for that matter…

Paper bags Fabric/plastic carrier bag Rubber/gardening gloves (stinging nettles) Small scissors (nettles/elderflower/processing herbs) Sun hat St. John’s wort oil (sun protection) Aloe vera gel (sun burn remedy) Layered clothing Waterproof jacket . . . → Read More: Gathering Herbs in May

Foraging restrictions in New York

Crab apple

Here’s an article, published last year in the New York Times, about the potential harm foraging can cause. If you are interested in foraging please read it.

365 Frankendael

Willow ship wrecks frankendael Park Hallowe'en 2011

Many visitors to this site are interested in wild herbs and foraging. As you probably know, I do my foraging in the city of Amsterdam and am keen to encourage more of you to learn about the herbs around you. Often those I speak to are unaware that right here in Amsterdam, there are herbs . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael

Ramsons are back on my plate!

ramsoms in frankendael

They’ve been looking verdant and smelling great for weeks now but today was my first little ramsons harvest of the year. Just two leaves, plucked from a huge swathe of wild garlic, will be enough to set this evening’s meal alight. So that’s all I picked. I urge anyone thinking of foraging any plants, to . . . → Read More: Ramsons are back on my plate!

Urban herb foraging

Rose hips

Rose hip harvest

There are many public spaces in the heart of Amsterdam where ripe herbal fruits,  leaves and flowers can be found at the moment.   Wild cherry, chickweed, dandelion, mallow, nettle, chestnuts, yarrow, walnuts and sloes, are just a few treats you could find.  Today I also noticed that scented geraniums have been . . . → Read More: Urban herb foraging

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