Finding food in Seville

John Wright wrote a book (well, several books) about foraging in which he remarked – and I am paraphrasing here;

“Walking with my friends, it is commented on that I seem very ‘absent-minded’ – usually because I am looking in the verges and fields for food to forage”

At the time I was reading his book Hedgerow I didn’t fully understand how this was possible. I think I do now. Plants have differences like humans have different faces. You just need to be able to recognise old friends, and keep an eye out for them all the time, which takes a bit of brainpower…

I was surprised to find that we had parked quite close to tomatos, spinach, chard and rocket going wild! What a lucky find.

Found food growing wild parking lot

Foraging Seville silver beet locally grown

Edible plant varieties Spain

Pictured: tomato, silverbeet, spinach and rocket growing wild in this sandy parking lot.

Now here is the kicker; unfortunately, like many potentially nice places in the parts of Spain we have travelled, this lot is used as a bin/dog shit depository.

Seriously people, pick up your game and your animal’s waste. Don’t like doing it? Don’t get a dog. Simple.

This is disgraceful and a far, far too common sight during our travels.


I like to forage in places that are not disease vectors. You can read about my previous, more successful attempts here if you would like;

Horta Vrasta in Basque Country 

Elderberry wine in Somerset

Guava jam in Queensland

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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