Sample the Flavours of an Edible Forest with Einstein’s Garden

Einstein's Garden
Monday, 5th June 2017

The Edible Forest, first featured at Greenman Festival, will be open at the Royal Cornwall Show, letting visitors smell, taste and feel their way through an adventurous forest garden.

Could you grow your own edible forest at home?

Might forest gardens be the answer to sustainable home food production?

What unusual tastes and temptations lie in the layers of a woodland ecosystem?

Green Man’s Einstein’s Garden will be exploring these questions and more at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show. 

Edible Forest will take you down a garden path of adventurous alternatives to the traditional veg patch. From plants that taste like mushrooms or minty chocolate, to berries, jellies, pickles and teas that you will definitely not find on your local supermarket shelves. Experience trees, herbs, shrubs and weeds in new and inspiring ways.

One of the oldest forms of home food production, forest gardens involve fascinating relationships between plants, environment, wildlife, people, health and wellbeing. Visitors will be invited to take a seat at the dining table and discover the foods and flavours inspired by woodland ecosystems.

Plants used:

Stevia
Chocolate mint
Willow
Skirret
Chinese artichoke tuber
Plantain
Nasturtium
Day lilly
Dahlia
Ostrich fern
Achillea millefoilum
Oxe eye daisy
Violas
Campanulas
Hosta
Fushia
Horseradish
Fennel
Sorrel
Welsh onions
Sanguisorba minor
Wood sorrel
Medlar
Lemon verberna
Lemon balm
Moroccan mint
Feverfew
Valerian
Horse radish
Lovage
Sichuan pepper corns
 
New for Cornwall show
Salt bush
Sea Buckthorn
Mulberry
Japanese Quince
Mashua tubers

An additional interesting edible not common in Forest Gardens that is included is the mushroom plant

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Tea tasting at Greenman Festival

Edible Forest is an interactive tasting experience inspired by forest gardens that was first presented at Green Man 2016. The project was developed by Einstein’s Garden in collaboration with researchers from the University of Exeter.

Einstein’s Garden will be presenting Edible Forest at the Royal Cornwall Show on 8th, 9th and 10th June from 10am - 5pm each day.

More details about Edible Forest and other inspiring Einstein’s Garden projects can be found on einsteinsgarden.net 

Edible Forest was developed with the support of the Wellcome Trust. In 2015, Wellcome recognised Green Man’s longstanding commitment to creative science engagement; through a prestigious three-year award, Wellcome is supporting Einstein’s Garden as it grows, nurturing new forms of creative science engagement in unexpected places.

Useful links 

Forest Gardening in Practice

Watch: Setting up an urban food forest

Forest gardening - does it really work?

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