Monday, September 15, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park - wild edibles window shopping

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Piers 1 - 6
20 September 2014, 2pm - 4pm

Over the last six years the former wharfs of the formerly shut-off  East River waterway have been transformed into an accessible edible indigenous plant playground. Bayberry, sassafras, sweetfern, elderberry, bee balm, sumac, beach plums, pickerel weed, cattails...the list is long.

We don't collect plants in such a high profile and carefully designed setting, but I find this lovely series of waterside parks is an ideal outdoor edible classroom.

Walking ten steps reveals a new plant whose culinary qualities are under-explored or simply unknown to most cooks and eaters. We learn to ID, scratch-and-sniff, and talk about eating possibilities.

We meet at 2pm at Pier 1, at the entrance to the (hidden) wine bar and cafe near the pond (straight in line with Doughty Street), off Furman Street - see map link: look for red markers.

The closest subways are the 2/3 at Clark Street, from where it is a 10 minute walk downhill to the park, or the F to York Street.

The walk will end at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. There is plenty of good shopping upstream, and at Sahadi's you can purchase foraging-related items for the kitchen, such as powdered sumac, and mahlab (wild cherry kernels)...

1 comment:

  1. I so admire one who manages to live in the midst of the city and yet pulls out the ocean, the vegetation,
    the moonlit sky. Heads home to concoct a wonderful meal, excited after foraging and plucking from garden containers on a roof, to enjoy with a glass of wine and updates of the day.So delicious. I admire.
    Debra Mass Island


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