My name is Anastasia and I am a great fan of wild nature food. I have been born above the Arctic Circle where the climate is cold. I’ve spent my childhood in a little town located between lakes and forests and surrounded by hills. So, very early the forest became my best friend. It was the place to enjoy the good weather, to escape from problems and stress and have relaxing walks. And to spend wonderful time picking wild edible mushrooms, berries and plants!
Knowledge on identification and preparation of wild edible mushrooms, berries and plants was passed down through generations in our family. My mother thought me and I will share this knowledge with you.
It is a tradition in my family to take a good care of quality of food we eat. The wild nature gives us more than enough possibilities to enjoy the healthiest food there is. Therefore, wild edible mushrooms, forest berries and wild plants always have their place in our everyday diet. When the season comes I can’t wait to get to the forest to look for my favorite wild edible mushroom Boletus edulis (known as Porcini, Cep, King Bolete and dozen other names) or wild blueberry (home cooked jam out of blueberry is so delicious!). Wild edible plants are a great basis for wonderful aromatic and healing teas that will warm you up in cold winter days. I would not exchange it for anything!
I have moved from my home-town a long time ago and today I live with my family in Germany. But that does not change my love for nature and that is why wherever I am I always look for a forest! I have been foraging and picking wild edible mushrooms, berries and plants in Finland, Russia, Czech Republic, Serbia and Germany for over than 10 years.
Having said that I would love to share my experiences in picking, cooking delicious meals and preserving wild edible mushrooms, wild berries and plants with you!
Perhaps my experience will inspire you to enter this wonderful world and encourage yourself to make a first step in getting closer with the nature.
P.S. All content of this blog is written by me based solely on my experience and knowledge which means that I really do things I describe. Proof reading of my texts are done by my other half (I thank you very much, my beloved half!). Photographs used in posts are done by me, my half or my friends.