Into the Hailstorm – To Let Go and To Just Go Out Foraging

It seems I’ve neglected the Grunewald Foraging blog for some time. The truth is, my intention for this website is not to record or detail my foraging walks (though I might refer to them for some specific reason); the blog was started more to record my wild food way, my personal journey, and my attempt…

Islay Summit (I): The Foragers

As a few people might have realized I was invited this year (to my utmost surprise and joy) to participate in the Forager’s Summit on the Hebridean island of Islay, on the West Coast of Scotland. For five days we explored the faery coasts of the island, basing ourselves at Academy House at the Bruichladdich…

Gleaning for Resilience: A Lesson in Mermaid Economics

Here in Berlin-Brandenburg I tend to judge the start of the foraging season proper by the arrival of the first tender shoots of our regionally-abundant wild leeks. Walking several new foraging routes this week it was clear that the time has come again, and as at the beginning of every new foraging year, I find myself…

Mid-April Update: Morels True and False

  A quick update to say that the morels have decided to stay for another week in Berlin-Brandenburg, giving me the chance to bring home this mixed quarry of black and ‘yellow’ morels (Morchella elata & M. esculenta). The weather has been alternately warm and sunny, then windy and rainy, which might just have provided…

Foraging and Re-reading the Natural Landscape

A rather grumpy old literary figure once said that there is no reading, only re-reading. I have begun to realize that the ability to revisit the seasons (as, say, one might revisit a few precious, favourite lines throughout life) is a privilege enjoyed almost exclusively by the naturalist, and, by the same reason, by the…

Foraging Walks March/April

For me, the emblem of spring is pretty much summed up by a blade of wild garlic spearing up through the dead beech leaves. Join me on a foraging walk in March/April, discover the fresh wild edibles of the new spring. Email grunewaldforaging@gmail.com and make a date.

Looking Forward to Foraging in 2014 – Five Blackthorn Recipes

It took some time to re-acclimatize after a month in the mountains. Berlin is grey and dreary, actually not that bad weather to be sat at the computer planning the foraging calendar for 2014. As announced on the shiny new Facebook page, I will be offering foraging courses, walks, workshops and events for the duration…

Men who Swear at Goats…

After a month’s incarnation as a goatherd on the alpine pastures of Valais (Switzerland) I am back in Berlin and online. More about foraging coming soon…

Mushrooming: a Mycological game of “Whac-a-Mole”

This year the mushroom hauls have come in a perfectly regular sequence of hit-miss-hit-miss, and I have thought a lot about just how much it is possible to ‘know’ a particular spot’s capacity for pushing up the mother lode. My first serious forage of the year, at the end of August, was supposed to be…