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You may have noticed a lot of foreign plants appearing on this blog, with the location changing almost daily, during the month of August. That’s because I was on a photography road trip through Germany, France, Spain and Portugal, urban plant-spotting along the way. I sent some photos from my cell phone, but I also shot five rolls of film which I still need to share with you. Here’s a few from Perpignan, on the Spanish border of France, to warm these chilly autumn days.

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Hazelnuts on the street

There are so many Turkish hazelnuts showering down onto Berlin’s streets and sidewalks these days, I just don’t know how I overlooked them before reading Berlin Plants’ informative hazelnut article. Now I see them everywhere!

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Walnut in the grass

Back from a harvest-time weekend in Brandenburg, here’s the full report! As you may have noticed from the last, photo-only post, I was in the small village of Lichtenberg near Neuruppin, about an hour north of Berlin, visiting relatives whose front lawn is currently being showered with walnuts from their neighbor’s black walnut tree, which hangs over their property. The common understanding of fallen-fruit rights in Germany is that any fruit that falls on your lawn is yours to keep (I’m not a foraging lawyer, so don’t take my word for this). Anyway, we filled this bucket almost to the top and our kind relatives said we were welcome to take them back to Berlin with us, as there will surely be more falling onto the lawn soon.

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From the neighbor’s tree.

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Turkish hazelnuts on vintage fabric coaster

Yes, you heard right – there’s a new blog on the urban plant-lined block here in Berlin. It’s written in English by some adventurous urban foragers who have already taught me about several edible plants here, my favorite so far being the Turkish hazelnuts that I found, above. Looking curiously squashed compared to common, round hazelnuts but tasting just as good, these funny little nuts are currently raining down from street trees all over Berlin!

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[update: added text] This elder tree is growing on Hildegard-Jadamowitz-Str, right down the street from Weberwiese park, which is where we gathered elderflowers for syrup back in June.

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What are these?

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Waldmeister / Woodruff
Edible plants (woodruff and bear’s garlic) spotted on a foraging tour in a Berlin park.

The New York Times chimed into our discussion on urban foraging this weekend with an article about the New York City Parks Department enforcing park rules about foraging: namely, that it is not allowed.

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Litte did I expect, when I walked into my neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant for lunch today, that I was about to enjoy yet another edible urban plant experience. It all happened because I happened to sit down text to this large, flourishing houseplant, whose shiny, black, beetle-like fruits soon caught my eye.

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After I mentioned that I made homemade syrup from foraged urban elderflowers, reader Georgia asked for the recipe. So I’m adding a new category to the blog called “Plant recipes.” Seeing that most of our current readers find our blog while googling “edible plants Berlin” and that we’ve already served “urb tea” and “neighborhood mint mojitos” made with foraged herbs from around the block during our residency at Open Source two years ago, I think there is enough interest and material for edible and drinkable urban plants to make this a regular topic!  (more…)

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