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Jun 152014

This year, I’ve decided to keep track of how much I harvest each month & see if it is enough or too much for a three-person heavy veg-eating family. My first planting was March 21.

Salad greens – 3+ kg

Here we have all sorts of lettuce including red leaf, oak leaf, green leaf, red romaine, plus nasturtium leaves and flowers, borage flowers, and spinach. For lettuce, I harvest the leaves, not the whole heads. I seem to be able to harvest leaves from a head of lettuce for about 4-6 weeks before it needs to be pulled and eaten. I have found that for a family of 3 heavy salad eaters, we need about 6 or so active heads of lettuce (that is, heads from which leaves can be harvested). So let’s say each human head needs two salad heads. As for spinach, about 5 plants per person every week seems about right. One can harvest a few leaves at first, but they mature so quickly, the whole plant must be picked within a week or so. My family seems to eat about 100 g of salad greens per day. During this time, even though I picked a lot of salad, I still had to buy one head of lettuce from the green market (ran out of garden lettuce). I also ran out of spinach — that’s to say, I didn’t plant enough.

Snow Peas – 1.2 kg

I planted about 10 rows double rows of peas starting in late March and ending May 1. A double row means a trellis with peas planted on both sides of it. Since late May — about 2 weeks — I’ve harvested only from the first 3 double rows of snow peas. They are incredibly tasty. Three double rows equals about 100 plants and about 1m2. I estimate that each m2 (three double rows) will give about 2 kg of snow peas over about 3-4 weeks. I’d say a generous portion for one person is about 50g of peas. So 2 kg means about 40 individual servings of peas over about 20 or 30 days. So for 2 people — that’s peas every day; for 3 or 4 people — peas every other day. This is not a problem for me. If the peas keep going we will be eating peas every other day for the next 6 or 7 weeks. That might be too much…

In simple English: 100 pea plants produces 2 kg of snow peas harvested over 3 or 4 weeks.


Strawberries 3.5 kg

I planted 15 plants last spring. These 15 plants became 30 plants. And then they became 45 plants or maybe more. Let’s say there are 50 plants. The mother plants give bigger strawberries than the daughter plants. There are still many more to be harvested. farm_0619_straw_IMG_1298

Asian brassicas / greens (savoy, tatsoi, hon tsai tai, pac choi, joi choi, bekana) – 750 g

Growing these tender little babies is a constant struggle as they are clearly the most favorite food of the SLUG. Even a good old Polish radish won’t distract them from these delicious greens. Picture shows 100g of greens. Not pictured is Savoy — a great green! These grow best in raised beds.


Brassicas & chards (kale, collards, mustard greens, chard) – 2 kg

Quite early in the spring I was able to harvest quite a lot of chard and mustard greens which were planted last summer. I am pretty much the only person in my family who eats this stuff.  I love the brassica family! No picture yet…

Aug 312013
Aug 292013

Jadalnia Warszawa 10 MapWe kindly invite you to the final walk in association with the Center of Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

On Sunday, September 1 we will explore the actual terrain of the Zielony Jazdów event, as well as take a peek at the north end of the Scarp, which we didn’t manage to cover in the last walk.

Once again we plan to EAT, so bring something to share — some dressing for salad, bread, jam, cheese, nuts, whatever you like. This time we’ll pull the table out onto the terrain of Zielony Jazdów and perhaps convince some passersby to taste the wildness of the castle.

Aug 132013

MEANWHILE in the continuing saga of mapping the area around CSW UJAZDOWSKI (Center of Contemporary Art) here in Warsaw……

WHERE: MEET in the CSW Courtyard — Spotkajmy się na podwórku CSW

Let’s see what sort of useful or edible WILDNESS is growing in the UW BOTANICAL GARDEN. There is a big empty spot on our MAP that lies behind a gate in a very cultivated place known as a Botanical Garden, but what sort of interesting things and adventures await us there? Come and find out! (Please note that it will cost 6 PLN to get in, unless you are very young, very old or a student — then it’s 3 PLN).

Jadalnia Warszawa Map 8


Jul 312013
Hen-of-the-woods in Łazienki Park

Hen-of-the-woods in Łazienki Park


Chicken-of-the-Woods in Park Marszałka Edwarda Rydza Śmigłego

Even in a place that at first site seems to have nothing interesting to EAT, we will find amazing things. On the 7th JW walk in Lazienki, I’d say this amazing mushroom was the find of the day. What is it? Why it’s a “hen-of-the-woods”. Not as delicious as this “chicken-of-the-woods” which we found in May, 2012 in a different Warsaw Park. (the park with the most unwieldy name EVER: Marszałka Edwarda Rydza Śmigłego!!):

Jun 102013
May 092013


We kindly invite you to help us launch a long-term project to create an alternative map of  Warsaw (in particular Ochota and Mokotów), focusing on its edible plants and trees, soil health, as well as on how public space is used for marginal human and animal activity. On this first walk we’ll experiment with methods of data collection and help identify the most edible/useful plants and trees one can find in Warsaw.

The walk will start here, near where Żwirki i Wigury crosses the railroad tracks (the address is approximately 25 Żwirki i Wigury) between Ochota and Mokotów. We will walk here on the path (Mikołaja Drigały) towards Grójecka. After the walk, we’ll go to Pixxe’s garden and drink teas made from black currant leaves, and taste some homemade elderflower cordials and wine.

The walk starts at NOON on Sunday, May 12. It will last between 2-3 hours and is approximately 1.6 km. Please call 796 532 208 if you need to locate the group after the walk has begun.

Paper, pencil, smart phone, camera, video camera.

JADALNIA WARSZAWA (Warsaw Canteen) is an exploratory map-making project to investigate and mark sites for wild food, fruits, bioindicators, and the traces of land use by humans and animals as a means to understand and assess the health of our city. It is a long-term project originated and implemented by Jodie Baltazar and Paulina Jeziorek and consists of a series of urban walks/hikes which take place from May until October 2013.

We use all means of data collection: marking directly on paper copies of maps, adding date through mobile phones to and, recording media information, such as audio, photographs, video etc. As the project progresses, we will store information on a website and develop new ways we to present the information/images as the project progresses.

The aim of walks will be:

Mapping the Neighborhood: Exploration of urban space; creating maps of urban food crops such as fruit trees and shrubs, edible flowers, herbs, medicinal plants, and plants used for dyeing fabrics. By identifying specific plants that grow on the land, we can assess the type and health of soil. We also collect information on unoccupied buildings, abandoned plots, as wells as temporary structures and signs and traces of consumption and human subsistence activity (trash, eating, fires).

Monitoring of soil: While walking, we will collect soil samples from selected sites and transmit it to the laboratory. We may also conduct other tests of the soil as to its structure and composition. In this way we will be able to assess which of the sites are suitable for harvesting crops. The data will be used to scrutinize the stereotypes about growing food in the city as well as urban consumption of edible plants.

May 232012

Find and eat food in public! Wild Food on the Escarpment / Dzikie Jedzenie Na Scarpie. Join me for a wild food walk and feast this Sunday, May 27. Behind the National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe), 12:30 and 3:30.

Dzikie jedzenie na Scarpie

Dzikie jedzenie na Scarpie

Poszukaj kulinarnych inspiracji na łace. Spójrz na otaczającą zieleń z zupełnie innej perspektywy i zostań koneserem zieleni(ny). Dołącz do naszej ekspedycji poszukiwawczej, znajdź okazy dzikich roślin jadalnych i użyj ich jako składników potraw.

Początek warsztatu bedzie polegać na eksplorowaniu okolic Parku Marszałka Edwarda Smigłego-Rydza) i poszukiwaniu roślin jadalnych. Następnie przemieścimy się na przepiękną łakę, znajdująca się na tyłach Muzeum Narodowego, gdzie, z zebranej zieleniny, przygotujemy pyszną, wiosenną sałatkę i dzikie naleśniki.

Przewodnikiem po jadalnej łącę bęśdzie Jodie Baltazar

In English:
Look for culinary inspiration in the meadow. Check out the greenery from a completely different perspective and become a connossiur of Greens. Join us for an expedition to find wild edible plants and learn how to use them in cooking.

The workshop will start by exploring the Park Marszałka Edward Smigłego-Rydza looking for edible plants. Then we’ll move to the beautiful meadow behind the National Museum and make a tasty salad and wild pancakes with what we found.

Apr 182012
Tasznik - Capsella - Shepard's Purse

Tasznik - Capsella - Shepard's Purse

Are you ready to eat some dandelion (mlecz), nettles (pokrzywy), capsella (tasznik), lime tree leaves (liście lipy), baby sorrel (szczaw), and chickweed (gwiazdnica)? What other treasures will we find to eat in the earliest days of spring?

On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at the most wonderful cultural center known as Centrum Promocji Kultury in South Praga, Warsaw, there will be a great day of events. Sławomir Sendzielski and I will be leading a Foraging Expedition in the area the Cultural Center — parks and abandoned spots — looking for greens for an early spring salad. There are also many other activities, such as a Recycling Workshop, Films, Sprout Growing and more. Information (in Polish) here:

EXPEDITION at 2-3:30pm
Join us for an expedition to find the wild edible plants of South Praga! We will look for and collect fresh spring plants. Then, back at the Center, we’ll prepare and eat a big, delicious salad! We’ll leave around 2 and return around 3:30. Please bring a bag or basket to collect the goodies, plus a bowl and a fork to eat them with. We will have dressing and homemade bread to accompany it.

EKSPEDYCJA w godz. 14.00-15.30
Dołącz do ekspedycjiw poszukiwaniu jadalnych dzikich roślin na Pradze Południe! Będziemy szukać i zbierać wiosenne świeże rośliny. Potem,w CPK, przygotujemy i zjemy dużą pyszną sałatkę! Wychodzimy o 14.00 i wrócimy około 15.30. Proszę przynieść torbę lub koszyk do zbierania roślin, miskę i widelec,którymi będziesz jeść. Mamy sos do sałatki i chleb domowy!

Jul 112011
Tiny Meadow in Bloom

Tiny Meadow in Bloom

Wojtek took these photo on July 11. It’s Amazing! It’s Stupendous! It’s a Tiny Meadow!

Poppy in the Meadow

Poppy in the Meadow

Look at this beautiful poppy.

Poppy Buds

Poppy Buds

Here is a close up of the Poppy’s buds.

Chrysanthemums about to bloom

Chrysanthemums about to bloom

The Chrysanthemums are about to bloom.

Chamomile peeking through Chrysanthemum leaves

Chamomile peeking through Chrysanthemum leaves

And finally Chamomile poking up between the Chrysanthemum leaves. You can see the feathery leaves of the Chamomile.

May 052011

Of course it’s great to be able to plant all the vegetables and fruits we want and love to eat, but discovering what is already there, what someone planted long ago, or what has managed to find a home and survived on the działka for years without any human intervention, is magical. Today Wojtek and I identified a couple of gooseberry bushes (Agrest) growing under the apple tree. You can see a thorn under the berry in this picture and the shape of the leaves.

Gooseberry (Agrest)

Gooseberry (Agrest)

It took us a while to find these berries, because they are still less than 1 cm (1/2 in) in diameter. The leaves look a lot like Blackcurrent and other current bushes (Porzeczka). Gooseberries can be sweet or sour. We’ll have to wait and see. Look at the little hairs on the berry and stem.

Gooseberry's Hairy Berry

Gooseberry's Hairy Berry

One thing I love about the Polish wiki is the illustrations someone is putting up for plants. They are obviously from an old German text–I would love to have that book. Very good resolution. Check it out if you’re looking for old illustrations of edibles. The details in these drawings are superb. Here is one for the Gooseberry (slighter smaller than the one on Wikipediea).

Gooseberry Illustration

Gooseberry Illustration