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Friday, 2 March 2012

Wild food walks near La Spezia


This is mostly adressed at people who live in easy reach of us.  After 8 years of tasting my way through the wild greens of our surroundings and my book on the subject nearing completion, I finally feel confident taking a group around on a guided foraging walk.

The idea is meeting up in Ponzano Superiore and I'll show you around some of my favourite haunts followed by a gourmet multiple course meal prepared by my cousin Bart.  The provisional dates (depending on numbers and weather) wil be: Sunday, 18th March, Saturday 31st March and Friday 6th April.  We'll set off about 10 am and wander around the hills.  At that time of year, apart from it being the height of the asparagus season, we should spot at least 50 different edible species.

The menu will include one or two antipasti, two primi, a soup and some borage stuffed ravioli with butter and wild sage, a secondo of an asapargus frittata with a wild food salad and some wild greens, finished off by my legendary Spring flower tart.  All accompanied by a glass or two of wine.

The cost will be €17 a head all inclusive.  Participants will need to bring decent walking shoes, a basket / bags to collect stuff in, a knife and a trowel.  Numbers are strictly limited, so let us know as soon as possible if you want to participate.

For those who are not nearby and can't come, here one more morsel.  Some of you may remember that about a year ago we went on a wild food walk organised by the local council.  Below was one of the things we had found, but I hadn't caught the name of it properly and hadn't been able to find out what it actually was.


Well I have finally been able ti identify it.  It's known as common brighteye or French scorzanera.  The leaves make an excellent lettuce substitute as they have no trace of bitterness, in fact they have a certain sweetness.  The roots look like min-parsnips and can be crunched raw or cooked.  A really valuable find amongst all the bitter tasting salad crops.

Quick Update: It occurred to me that I should have put a contact e-mail here as well so you can book.  It's heikover at libero dot com.  Should you see this blogpost after the event, get in touch anyway and I'll see what I can arrange.  The middle date, the 31st, is now booked out, but there are still spaces available on the other 2 dates as of today (6th March).

Update 12 March: Due to a grievance in the family I have to cancel the event on the 18th March, appologies for those already booked.  I'm thinking of re-scheduling for Sunday, 1st April as the event on the 31st March is slightly over-subsribed anyway.  I know it won't suit everybody who signed up for the 18th, but hopefully we'll get 2 walks done that weekend. 

13 comments:

Martijn said...

Let's try to comment again. (I remembered encountering difficulties with that at this blog, but perhaps that was with my old work computer, who was as reluctant to work as I).

Although I can't come, I wish you a fabulous day of course. And gathering wild food is really the thing I'd enjoy. Hey Heiko!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Excellent! I'll make your ravioli dish in honor of the big day!

KL said...

Awww, please put up some recipes. Though I live in NJ far from you, I wish I could be there. My backyard also has lots of unknown greens, some of which I recently identified as onion-grass and dandellions. I also have lots of borage seeds. Thus, I can use your ideas to use all these wild greens and herbs.

Heiko said...

Martijn, just get your lazy paranoid arse on a plane and come down here then!

Ohio, Maybe I'll take a group over your way for your version of the ravioli! :)

KL, I already have put up quite a few recipes including borage ravioli: http://pathtoselfsufficiency.blogspot.com/2010/03/wild-food-of-month-march.html

Anonymous said...

Hi, I and my boyfriend would like to take part in the guided foraging walk of Sunday 18th March. Is this the right way to book? :-)

Ciao,
Laura

Heiko said...

Hi Laura, I should ahve put an e-mail address. It's heikover@libero.it If you could confirm on that, that would be great. Thanks.

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

What a brilliant idea...I'd definitely take your course if I were in the area. And I LOVE the idea of wild asparagus! This will be the first year that I'll be able to really harvest my lot but it must be amazing to just go on a walk and pick them from the countryside.

Good luck and have fun :)

Heiko said...

Thanks Tanya,if ever you are in the area... ;)

GetSoiled said...

Yo Heiko! That is so fabulous!!!! I know you will do great and lots of people will benefit immensely from your expertise...and how about the book!?!?!? Amazing! Congrats on both endeavors!

Jan said...

Just catching up with your blog Heiko, and 17 euros sounds good value to me!

Heiko said...

Jan, I'm notorious for under-charging people... :(

Martijn said...

'Lazy paranoid ass' tickled my curious, introspective mind no end. Thanks for that, Heiko. But that aside: have a super wild food walk weekend! And all participants as well. With you in spirit,

Martijn

Angela said...

Have fun with your walks today and tomorrow! I hope your grievance did not put you down. Life goes on, as it does now in springtime. Send us pictures of your finds!!