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Basket of wild garlic (Bärlauch) leaves on forest floor

Since spring is so early this year in Berlin, the Bärlauch (wild garlic) is already at the height of its season here. We went foraging yesterday at the Volkspark Pankow. Some Bärlauch tips I’ve posted earlier:

What spring vegetables and fruits are coming in season where you are? What are you foraging?

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Grilled sandwich with green herb filling

As I’ve mentioned, spring has felt massively delayed to many Berliners this year. Maybe our expectations have been warped by global warming, but it feels like we’ve been waiting, shivering at near-zero temperatures, on the brink of spring for ages. We’ve watched reports on TV about Germany’s beloved spring crop, white asparagus, whose harvest has been delayed for more than four weeks by the cold rain. Same for my favorites, bright pink rhubarb and Bärlauch, the tender wild garlic greens that Berliners forage in city parks, which both have been nowhere to be seen… until this week!

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Elderflower bush by graffiti mural

It’s been a wonderful spring for elderflowers in Berlin, their huge creamy white sprays appearing by the dozen on the simple green trees and shrubs that, until then, nobody had paid any attention to, like this low-growing specimen obscuring some graffiti. They perfumed the air around them, and the food and drinks of anyone who took the time to stop and forage.

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I’ve arrived in Berlin… and so has the elderflower-syrup-filled Hugo cocktail! As I observed in my earlier post on foraged elderflower syrup, this bubbly summer treat has been working its way up through Europe from its birthplace in Italy.

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Tiny potato plant in garden

Let’s take a detour into our community garden, which, by the way, was featured on Deutschland radio on Wednesday morning. More importantly, the evening before, Marko harvested our potatoes! To give you some context, above is one of our baby potato plants back in in May, just starting to sprout out of its hill. Read on to see how the potatoes look now…

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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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