Who: Lynn Shore
What: Urban Herbology
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As a person who loves cooking and exploring new ingredients, I'm a little ashamed to admit that this city girl can’t tell her daylilly from her damsons or her meadowsweet from her mugwort. (Apparently that’s a plant and not the name of Harry Potter’s school!) Preferring to entrust local farmers markets with sourcing my fresh herbs and interesting greens, I was totally unaware of the plentiful edible plants waiting to be plucked and cooked in many urban areas around Amsterdam.
Curious to know more, I asked Lynn Shore — teacher, permaculturist and master of public heath, otherwise known as the Urban Herbologist — to take me foraging around Amsterdam. The plan was to harvest whatever was on offer that day and then put our ingredients to good use back in the kitchen.