Join me on this journey into foraging – discovering the free food that grows on the ground – whilst travelling the land of Sweden in my DIY campervan…
Remember when we used to roam the land, eating only foraged food found on the floor?
Nor do I
Nor does Sarah but she’s trying
Welcome to the forests of Sweden
Some of the most exquisite designs, littered all over the ground
Some of which, we eat
Foraging is easy. You just ask the question: can I eat this?
Spot the difference. One is NOT edible
After a little cleaning
But mushrooms can be sneaky
In you go
Many things are brightly coloured for… our convenience?
There’s your breakfast…berry
Mushroom’s eat the forest
We eat the mushrooms
Taste with your eyes
Don’t slip on the slime
Or trip on the rhyme
They call this ’Swedish gold’ (Chanterelle)
And its cousin, ‘Funnel Chanterelle’ (also edible)
Put them on a pizza
Put them in a pan
Enjoy your slugs on toast
What’s clear to me about Swedish culture is their close connection to their forests and nature. It seems like most Swedes know at least the basics of what naturally growing foods they can and can’t eat. This simple act of walking through the forest to collect food for dinner, and wood for a fire, has some deep positive effect on the psyche. It shows in the people and the general culture, even in the cities. This is what stops society from going crazy. But only if we remember what it is that’s missing.
And really, those blueberries and Chanterelles were the best I’ve ever eaten!
Have you been to Sweden? Did I miss any forageable food? let me know in the comments below…