Journalist Alice van Essen took a foraging course, which you can read all about in Issue 29. She shares some useful tips with us.
- Edible plants also grow by the roadside and between paving stones. Make sure that you do not pick too close to a busy highway. In addition, always pick one-and-a-half meters away from the roadside and above knee height whenever possible, because of dog urine and animal feces.
- Do not pick more than you need—a handful at most—because animals also have to live from the plants. Leaving the forest with baskets full is equivalent to poaching in many places, and therefore illegal.
- Mushroom gathering requires special knowledge. Many are poisonous, so always leave them alone.
- If you’re not sure what plant it is, don’t pick it.
- Pick with respect; do not tear off whole branches and do not trample too many plants.
*Curious how Alice enjoyed her first foraging experience? Read her story in Issue 29.
Text Alice van Essen Translation Julia Gorodecky Photography Ant Rozetsky/Unsplash.com