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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

365 Frankendael day 172


Today I found some beautiful and extraordinary fruit, belonging to a female Yew shrub (Taxus baccata). I never fail to be fascinated by these poisonous wonders. The glutinous (and delicious) fruit flesh is wrapped around a deadly exposed seed. Quite amazing to see!

Yew trees are either male or female. Both are . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 172

365 Frankendael day 161


Here’s a healthy patch of Fat Hen (Chenopodium alba), building up it’s seed supply, close to our local Chinese restaurant today.

I saw lots of beautiful Yew (Taxus bacata) berries (contain very poisonous seeds) around town today along with a few more fallen but unripe Gingko biloba fruit. Autumn is definitely here!

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365 Frankendael day 16


It’s been a busy day as I went with my little girl to the Cryptoforest foraging expedition in Sloterdijk. We met some great people and plants there!

So today’s entry for 365 is mainly photos… First up, Forget me not – yes it’s edible! I need to do more research but here’s a link to . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 16


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