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I am sharing my findings of the Rosa gallica:
– Cultivated by Greeks & Romans, used in mediaeval gardens
– Until the 19th century: the most important species of rose to be cultivated
– Can survive temperatures down to -25 degrees
– Rosehips can be foraged in winter!
Medicinal uses: The petals are antibacterial, astringent and tonic. They are taken internally to treat colds, bronchial infections, gastritis, diarrhoea, depression and lethargy. Externally, they are used to treat eye infections, sore throats, minor injuries and skin problems. The fruit of many members of this genus is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds.
Rosa mundi shares all Rosa gallica characteristics except white stripes. It also attracts bees and is tolerant of poorer soil and shade.
I haven’t been making a lot of use of roses but I definitely want to change that! Covering the petals in chocolate sounds amazing! I would also like to make oil from the petals and rosehip jam.
I went for a walk in my neighbourhood and was surprised at how many plants that are part of the Lamiaceae family I found! I saw and took pictures of the following plants: Marsh woundwort/ Hedge nettle, Rosmary, Jerusalem Sage, Lavender & Mint 🙂 Unfortunately, I also don’t know how to upload the picture.
I just decided for the stinging nettle to be my plant ally. I feel like I haven’t been able to appreciate this plant as much as I might do once I get to know it properly. Because it is so common in many European countries, I am very curious to learn about the many stories that might be connected with it.
As I eat almost entirely a vegan diet, I find it hard to imagine getting all the plants I eat from foraging. I think that would be at least 300 grams, which is much more than I would want to forage daily. As I volunteer in a permaculture garden and am part of a CSA, I am glad to be able to source some food locally, so I don’t need to forage to cover my dietary needs. I like the idea of foraging to improve my diet by eating plants with health benefits. I am struggling with IBS and would like to eat more plants that positively impact my gut.
Hi, I’m Mattea, and I live in Amsterdam 🙂 I am very excited to start this herbology course finally!
About my foraging context: I just found out that foraging is actually illegal in the Netherlands, which, to be honest, doesn’t surprise me that much. I have gone foraging with a guide twice and a few times by myself with friends of mine. I really enjoyed starting to get to know plants more and more. I also volunteer in a permaculture garden where many native plants that attract bees and butterflies grow. Thus, I forage in that garden, but also in parks (Gaasperplas, Twiske) and sometimes in the city (e.g. Elderflower that grows around the centre of Amsterdam).