Edible wild plants in Spain
Where we live we are surrounded by trees bearing olives, almonds and citrus fruits both in the campo and the agricultural small holdings that follow the course of the rambla we overlook.
At various points throughout the year we’ll see locals foraging along the roadside into our local town. We’d always assumed they were collecting the wild garlic and capers that grow nearby, but got to wondering just how many edible wild plants there might be on our doorstep (and throughout the country) for the committed forager to find.
It took a bit of digging beyond the predictable ‘5 foods you can forage in Spain’ type blog posts. Of course I made that up, but you’ll get the point I’m trying to make which is that I couldn’t really find any in depth information.
That is until I stumbled on what most might describe as a somewhat stuffy scientific paper covering ‘wild edible plants in Spain’. Bingo! As it turns out there are 419 species of edible wild plants! The document names them in Latin and Spanish, will tell you where you can find them, and their everyday uses.
Don’t expect some kind of field guide with pretty pictures (there aren’t any). However it does contain masses of information for the keen food forager and could be a great starting point in identifying new sources of wild food for the table.
by Alan Gandy
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