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

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Visual artist originally from Australia, travelling the world creating crocheted wearable art and functional textile pieces. Sustainable art and slow fashion made from recycled fabrics, wools and metal. Colourful. Psychedelic. Unique.
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