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Below is a description of the different landscape features were I foraged, in and around Cesis.

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CONIFEROUS FORESTS

 

This is a dark forest with pines and spruce. The ground is full of pine needles that absorb sound. Is an ideal feeding place for mushrooms. In addition, you can also find some berries and herbs that have adapted to the acidic environment.

 

EUROPEAN LARCH

collection time

YOUNG LEAVES: SPRING - SUMMER

SEEDS: SUMMER - AUTUMN

 

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WATERCOURSES

 

Watercourses that contain everything from small streams to the river. Edible plants settle more easily in slow streams where they do not suffer from strong currents. Plant life in and along the streams depends on the soil condition of the area where the water flows. In pure water there are watercress in large densities.

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WATERCRESS

collection time

PLANT: SPRING - SUMMER

FLOWERS: SUMMER - AUTUMN

SEEDS: AUTUMN

 

Watercress is a sharp-tasting herb. The plants contain a lot of vitamin C. Would be good for digestion and inflammation. Wash the plants carefully because plants that are on the waterfront carry parasites more easily.

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Salad of mango, smoked mackerel and watercress

Simple, super tasty and fast to make.

Course: Salad

Servings: 4

Calories: 400 kcal per serving

Cost: 2,00 € per serving

 

Ingredients

200g smoked mackerel

4 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 peeled mango

2 shallots

2 handfuls of watercress (you use also bittercress)

4 dandelion flowers

olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

pepper, salt

 

Instructions

  • Toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry pan. Leave to cool.

  • Pull apart the mackerel in small pieces.

  • Using a peeler, cut thin slices of the mango.

  • Cut the shallot into small dice.

  • Divide the watercress between the plates and sprinkle with the rest of the ingredients.

  • Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

  • Add some pepper and salt to your taste.

 

Enjoy your meal!

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TOWN CESIS

 

A city with its asphalt and concrete makeup usually resembles a rocky landscape. In the centre, buildings block the sunlight and asphalt covers the earth. In Cesis, green spots were created by parks, gardens and the deserted banks of the many streams. As the city shifts to the countryside, nature takes over again, sometimes in neglected-looking areas or through grasslands.