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Mushroom Harvesting



on the hunt for mulberries


Mickie: Mate, that was a pleasant surprise to switch on the radio at 6:30 to hear your voice! Great interview on RN, very articulate!

Me: Thanks, Joel, the host, was amazing and fun to talk to. Thanks Mick 🙂

Me: I loved the hunt for the mulberry part 🙂

Mickie: Yes, the hunt for the mulberry weaved itself beautifully through the interview, building up with the revelations that despite never picking the berries as a kid, the interviewer did have connections through the silkworm, culminating at the end with the joke about sharing the bounty! Great stuff Boss.

Me: Uh! Great comment boss, might blog/Facebook this 🙂

Mickie: Go for it! I also loved the Uncle bit, you gotta start calling yourself Uncle Diego. I hearby renounce calling you Boss, you are Uncle to me now!

Me: ha ha ha.. Excellent!


..away from keyboard, probably in a field..


On foraging and making videos

From Alex and Clare 🙂


Pioneers from vdmalex on Vimeo.


2010 we attended a ‘Weed Tour’ of Sydney Park, hosted by local artist Diego Bonetto as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s major exhibition ‘In The Balance: Art for a Changing World’. Diego introduced us to his friends – dandelion, wild mustard, sowthistle and more, unjustly categorised as weeds despite their various culinary and medicinal values. We came to understand these species not as weeds, but as Pioneers, colonising and breaking the bare ground left exposed by human intervention.

We came to appreciate our local environment in a new light – seeing every verge, every overgrown lot, every forgotten space as bountiful gardens and potential smorgasbords. We set out on our bikes to see what edible goodies we could find.

Alex Papasavvas and Clare Devlin-Mahoney.

Please note that we had positively identified each plant species as safe prior to consumption. Don’t eat anything unless you know exactly what it is. and be careful of polluted or contaminated soil

Easy Mushroom Foraging: Slippery Jack (Suillus granulatus)

Easy Mushroom Foraging: Slippery Jack (Suillus granulatus).

how is it that foraging can be trendy?

below is an exerpt from an article written by Melissa Leong about foraging and the role of found food in today’s Sydney restaurants..

lots of great names in there:


In case you hadn’t heard, in the culinary world, foraging is the new black. With internationally acclaimed rockstarschefs like Rene Redzepi bringing the trend into the spotlight, it seems every chef is digging, bush-bashing and weeding high and low for local edible leaves, flowers, funghi and berries to add onto their menus.

What is foraging? Essentially, it’s the act of looking or searching for food– in the way humans used to do to survive before agriculture was introduced. “Searching the woods or parks or even cracks in the pavement for edible plants has become the latest culinary obsession,” according to  Time magazine.

In Australia, chefs like Ben Shrewy from Attica in Melbourne and Daniel Pepperell from Oscillate Wildly and more, have practically made foraging into an artform, sourcing local produce like nasturtiums, elk, sea succulents and salt berries for their menus.

Here are a chefs who champion the art and their restaurants.

read on..