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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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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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