Sunday, 2 September: there are a series of guided walks organised as a parallel programme to the WALK! exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Today we join the walk led by Karola Schlegelmilch, and go hunting for edible plants in the border area between Mitte and Kreuzberg.
German language has wonderfully graphic names for some plants. This one is called Zurückgekrümmter Fuchsschwanz (backward-bent fox tail): redroot amaranth.

PS. It's Amaranthus retroflexus in Latin - still not as visual as the German name ;-)

A child's sock in a back yard, Rungestrasse.

Walking along Spree, we come across a private footpath lined with plastic watering pots.

Two apple trees at Märkischer Platz. They are small but very tasty.

These berries nearby are also delicious. (See the bottom photo.)

Karola pointing out various edible plants and herbs to us.

And they even have 2 bears in the little park! Schute (b. 1981) and Max (b. 1986) - we don't know which one this is...

And here are some rowan berries...

Ditto in close-up.


Many of the participants know their plants too, so there are many discussions along the way.

Walnuts are still green.

So are chesnuts.

This cute guy, interestingly called selfheal in English, is apparently edible.

TV tower seen through the trees in the former No Man's Land between the two walls.
By the end of the walk, everyone has collected a little selection to take home to nibble on.

Another participant's selection, laid out on the table at the nearby cafe, where we go afterwards.

What we take home for UsaKousa's evening snack: two sorts of apples and a berry.
We've also seen (and partly eaten): several other kinds of berries, wild rucola, haselnuts, plums, and many other edible flowers and leaves. As Karola had written in her leaflet, "here you feel as if you were somewhere else, not in the middle of Berlin".

BTW, Karola was one of my partners in the Wrapped Berlin Bear project in Reykjavík, 1995 - on the same day Christo began wrapping up Reichstag in Berlin. Click here for documentations of the project.

You can also click here to visit Karola's homepage.