I posted some photos/comments on FB this weekend of my hiking/camping trip with my grade 9’s. One of the things I have fun doing in the region is sharing with the kids the many wild plants that are edible. The comments on FB set off some great ideas for a MG novel and it reminded me how important it is to be using all the senses in our writing. Hiking and camping in the mountains is a sensation-bombardment, if you are: observing, listening, smelling, tasting, touching……… the fragrances of lavender, thyme and rosemary almost make the nostrils tingle with their intensity, along the hiking trails above Nice. There are also many wild fruit trees in our region, and depending on the season, I have introduced students to wild: cherries, figs, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc Late autumn hikes among the oak trees give way to foraging for the much prized Cèpes mushrooms.
Here are just a few of the local plants I have enjoyed gathering, cooking and eating:
Now, tell me what wild goodness could I expect to eat in your region? And, if you feel like it, a line or two from one of your WIP’s that have a sensorial component. Happy gathering!