Elsje Bruijnesteijn is a wild picker. That means she goes on the hunt for plants that grow in nature and that are edible for human beings. I was invited by her to go on a research trip in the Eempolder near Eemnes, because she is always looking fo new excursion spots.
We walked the so called wooden clog path (Klompenpad). This leads through a remarkable and old – typical Dutch – landscape, that we call a polder. That means: flat green meadows.
It is a protected area where a lot of special birds are to be seen.
We went here in early March to explore the site with Elsje.
Where’s the food?
One of the co-hunters came on her brand new wooden shoes! And claimed those walk very comfortable.
Well… I stick to my Meindls if you don’t mind 🙂
Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) when flowering also callled Dutch Lace. The flowers smell very nice.
Thistle + root: all edible, Elsje will explain this later in an extended blog 🙂
Purple dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum): the little flowers are sweet, full of nectar. Look nice in a salad!
Daisies, edible bitter stuff, but look cute on a salad or a cupcake.
Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale) can be eaten as a salad. When it has grown underneath something (like a flower pot or a bunch of autumn leafs) it is fresh light yellow-green and tastes less bitter.
Portulaca oleracea (wild purslane).
Also goose eggs might be picked a few in the fields this early spring, as there are really too many of those birds at the moment: geese are becoming a plague…
In the harbour cafe the chef baked us a terrifically tasting omelet (because Elsje knows him).
Typical Dutch landscape: polders and willow lanes.
Information on wild picking excursions with Elsje Bruijnesteijn
Elsje guides wild picking walks everywhere in The Netherlands. From Limburg to the Wadden Islands, to the Achterhoek. And what about Zeeland (oysters and sea salad!). She also gives kitchen garden tours and preservation/pickle workshops.