- Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy 2018;
These photos remind me that once I arrived in Galicia in the autumn of 2014, I was struck by a very unusual beauty and grace in the elderly women working small fields -- between Villa Franca de Bierzo and SdC I would say (going by memory only).
Maybe it is a broccoli, there are some red ones of those. Although, even these are purple, despite their names. Looks like I might have to do the Camino Catalan. @Rick of Rick and Peg do you have a location for that photo?
We had a little chat about gardening. Although the fog of memory obscures things and my spoken Spanish and listening Spanish may have mangled the conversation I asked if he grew those plants as flowers or to eat. For flowers is what is in my head.
I would be very cautious about recommending "wayside greens" to anyone unfamiliar with them. There are a number of extremely poisonous plants in the umbellifera family including the notorious Hemlock! If you want to try them out find an experienced guide. Most country people know what's what. Round here in Devon hedgerows, Hemlock and Water Dropwort (poisonous) can be found in close proximity to Alexanders (edible).. . . . . . I have often thought that some of the wonderful wayside greens would make a great addition to snacks, but I was never brave enough to try. Dill grows by the road everywhere from England to Jerusalem, but I don't go for the flavour. Maybe there is a field guide for wayside foragers?