Every month of the year there are wild edibles and medicinals to forage in Israel! From the wild asparagus and oraniot mushrooms of winter to the greens, edible flowers, and berries of spring to the capers, sabras, and sumac of summer and the carob, acorns, and hawthorn fruit of autumn, there is always an abundance of wild food and medicine here. Come learn to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare the treasures growing all around you.

A few of the wild edible and medicinal plants in Israel in winter

All plant walks are on Friday mornings and cost 50 NIS. Children under 12 FREE. Note that if you pay through the link below, it will show as U.S. $13 Click below to register for any of the walks:

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February 10, 2017 Tu Bishvat walk in the Ramot Forest of Jerusalem 10:00 – 12:00

This foraging walk is a benefit for the Save the Forest organization that is working to protect the Ramot Forest from “development.” 100% of your donation will go to benefit the organization. At this time of year, we can expect to find wild asparagus, oraniot mushrooms, chasteberry seeds, carob pods, and numerous tasty and nutritious wild leafy greens. (use the “book now” button above to register)

March 18, 2017 Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk in the Horeshim Forest (30 minutes from Tel Aviv) 10:30 – 12:30

In addition to the plants and mushrooms mentioned above for the Tu Bishvat walk, we’ll be looking at edible and medicinal roots, barks, and possibly flowers. The Horeshim Forest is close to Tel Aviv – get out of the city for a few hours and learn about the amazing plant allies growing all around you! (use the “book now” button above to register)

May 12, 2017 Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk in the Ramot Forest of Jerusalem 10:00 – 12:00

In May we may find the first of the mulberries, wild chamomile flowers, nopales (young, tender cactus pads), along with the many wild greens and roots that are still in season. You’ll learn how to make marshmallow-like foam from the chubeza plant. (use the “book now” button above to register)

June 9, 2017 Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk in the Ramot Forest of Jerusalem 9:00 – 11:00

On this walk we’ll nibble spicy wild mustard seedpods, learn how to cure your own capers, identify medicinal plants from which you can make your own herbal first aid kit, and of course learn about the numerous other wild edibles in the forest. (use the “book now” button above to register) Note that we’ll be leaving earlier than the other plant walks in order to avoid the midday heat.

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About Leda Meredith

Leda has been foraging since she was a toddler (it’s her great-grandmother’s fault). She is the author of several books including The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles and Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries. She holds a certificate in Ethnobotany from the New York Botanical Garden, where she has been an instructor since 2002. Leda also teaches at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and in Israel at Orot College, as well as for numerous organizations internationally.

“Fantastic. Informative. Top-notch. Lovely time.” – NYC foraging tour participant

 

Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes

“Personal, visceral, intimate, natural and authentic. All these words describe Leda’s book. You can literally taste melancholy in one dish and joy in another.” – Mia Wasilevich

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The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles is part field guide covering 50 plants, mushrooms, and seaweeds with a widespread distribution, and part cookbook for turning these wild edibles into delectable dishes.

“Leda Meredith is, in my opinion, the Foraging Goddess, and the next best thing to this book would be to share a field expedition with her! I highly recommend The Forager’s Feast to anyone who has a love of the wild foods.” – Amazon review by Susan C.

 

Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries

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“A book that wild food gatherers of all skill levels will want to own.” – Sam Thayer