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Autumn Street Treats and Tricks

Turkish Hazelnut Case

The past few weeks have seen a bounty of free street food falling from trees in Amsterdam. I’ve been enjoying Hazelnuts, Hawthorn berries & Sloes (plucked rather than fallen) and Sweet chestnuts – all absolutely delicious when prepared! The nuts and fruit are still there for the taking in many places but if you have . . . → Read More: Autumn Street Treats and Tricks

Let’s Make Hawthorn Tincture!

Let's make Hawthorn Tincture!

What a perfect day!

I finally found time this morning to have a leisurely wander through the woods of Frankendael, seeking out the most pleasantly scented Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) trees.

I was not disappointed! The flowers and leaves of this heart toning tree always taste good to me. Munched on a late spring walk, . . . → Read More: Let’s Make Hawthorn Tincture!

365 Frankendael day 164


Today a few useful plants growing around the bike racks just inside of park Frankendael…

Seedheads of Garlic Mustard (Allitaria ). Too late to harvest many now but a good indication of where their successors will grow.

Beautiful Hawthorn (Craetagus monogyna) berries (Haws).

Ground elder (Aegopodium podograria), in it’s last edible throws before . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 164

365 Frankendael day 157


I harvested three tiny prices of that fungus which I found a couple of days ago. I have checked it’s identity in the woods, at home in books, online with reliable sites and as there is nothing nasty I could confuse it with, I felt happy to cook a little. The photograph above is . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 157

Danish Hawthorn recipes and simple Haw Honey Syrup


Some time ago Amalie and Daniel joined me for a herb walk alongside Park Frankendael. One of the plants which was in bloom at the time was Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). Amalie knew the berries from Denmark and kindly sent me some recipes to try and share. Hawthorn is in fruit right now, it is . . . → Read More: Danish Hawthorn recipes and simple Haw Honey Syrup

365 Frankendael day 112

Snowberry poisonous

These plants are growing alongside Frankendael by the windy dirt path that follows the Middenweg. At first glacé everything simply looks green there but if you take a closer look there are several great edibles and a few plants that if eaten, would upset your body quite substantially.

Here is nutritious Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 112

365 Frankendael day 29

Crataegus sp.

Hop (Humulus lupulus – what a latin name!) is entwined about a meter up last year’s dead stems today and looks far healthier and more vigorous than any cultivated Hop plant I have seen. I am really looking forward to seeing whether or not its flowers are as impressive. Mugwort is growing beautifully on wasteland . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 29

365 Frankendael day 19

Solomon's seal polygonatum

I’ve been walking in Frankendael with Elodie today, we found heaps of herbs, several new to us. If you’d like to join me for a herb walk there are a few spaces left for the Sunday May 27th Amstel to Frankendael walk. Here are some striking examples from today… Solomon’s Seal looks rather like an . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 19

365 Frankendael day 11

Mayday Hawthorn  2012

Here’s a Mayday Hawthorn bough, happily still attached to it’s tree! I’m sure that last Mayday the Hawthorns of Frankendael had opened their flowers by now. They certainly haven’t today and the weather is still not exactly encouraging the plants to grow as they could. None the less Hawthorn looks beautiful at the moment is . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 11

Happy Beltane!

Mayday Hawthorn  2012

The 1st of May is Beltane, an important date in the Pagan calendar. It marks the end of the cold months and welcomes in the warmer months. Here’s a link to a post, I wrote last year, about the folklore and herbal customs attached to Beltane.

Come dawn, it will be time to rush out . . . → Read More: Happy Beltane!


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