For several years now, the practice of cooking with wild plants has become more popular, and the demand for knowledge and recognition of plants has increased, as have the demands for the concrete use of these plants in food. Many people ask us about the use of this or that species. The Conservatory had to position itself on this subject in order to act as an expert but also to transmit good practices and to raise awareness of the risks related to harvesting.
The entire team of the Education, Training and Eco-citizenship department received training in April 2021 from the training organization “Le Chemin de la nature” founded by Christophe de Hody.
Since the summer of 2020, we have developed outings on wild edible plants with the public on our 25 ha estate. We continue this summer 2021 and aim to perpetuate these outings. The open house of June 2021 “Emulsion botanique” took place under the sign of edible wild plants with the setting up of a round table with the participation of the chef Florent Ladeyn, the butcher and organic breeder Grégory Delassus and Jean-Baptiste Cokelaer, pharmacist, mycologist and author of the book Des cueillettes et des hommes. Numerous outings on wild edible plants were proposed on this occasion and confirmed the very strong interest of our public.
We also wish to develop meals in our gardens “from the picking to the plate” to sensitize the public from the picking in nature to the moment of sharing and tasting. These animations allow to participate in the well-being, the respect of nature, the sharing and the diffusion of knowledge.
These meals could be relocated in many natural spaces of the region and we could involve the chefs of the region. The advantage is that there is a scientific guarantee from the Botanical Conservatory but also a culinary guarantee thanks to the chefs.
We have also thought of making partnerships with hotel high schools which must be developed.