I had recently been able to go on a foraging experience with BeTheBotanist. The whole aim was to immerse us in the foraging philosophy/lifestyle, how important it is to know how rich and beautiful mother Earth is and what she has to offer. If you are interested in going foraging, here are some places that you can go to learn about foraging and being more environmentally friendly.
Veld and Sea, Scarborough
Whilst foraging in the Western make sure to visit Veld and Sea. The welcome drinks were some lovely wild teas with The Botanist Gin made by Roushanna Gray and her team and some lovely nibbles that were all from where we were about to forage. I would describe Roushanna as a bubbly energetic woman who has so much love for the Earth. Although she loves to forage she believes whole-heartedly in not taking too much and always letting mother nature do its thing. She gave us a lesson on how not to be like me and get too excited and eat everything that you see and showed us some things that are edible. The things we foraged for and were presented with was Pelargonium of various kinds, wild mint, wild rosemary and so much more.
During our forage she made us some lovely teas and took us through a short meditation just to get away from our phones and be in the moment. I took some time to reflect and was thankful for the short moment of silence that we got. We enjoyed a lovely lunch with a quiche and hearty soups that were decorated with all sorts of edibles and was a vegetarians dream.
Whilst here, Caitlin Hill, the national brand ambassador for The Botanist Gin (as well as Bruichladdich Single Malts & Mount Gay Rum) gave an insight of how she came to this position and her strong connection and journey with The Botanist Gin. It was lovely to learn more facts about her and her friendships and how life can sometimes work out in the end. Her energy along with Roushanna’s was a perfect combination and start to the #BeTheBotanist experience.
Address: Good Hope Nursery
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Tietiesbaai
We were taken to Paternoster which is about a 2 hour drive out of Cape Town. Paternoster was beautiful and the sound of the waves crashing in the background were calming. We went to the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Although we weren’t allowed to forage here as it’s a nature reserve it was still lovely being introduced to more plants that we didn’t see with Roushanna. Ones which are edibles and ones which only blossom for only 24 hours. Some had a lovely minty smell and others had a lovely lemony salt flavor.
Whilst foraging in the Western Cape – Paternoster, make sure to visit a this restaurant. I would advise that you make your booking before get there.
Wolfgat was an unexpected tick off the bucket list. I honestly felt like I was on an episode of Chef’s Table and this was the best part of the whole experience for me. It was lovely to see how the foraged plants we had a seen a few hours earlier turned into beautiful dishes. This fine-dining experience made me somewhat emotional and ended up with me slightly teary as Caitlin said her thank you speech for having us join the #BeTheBotanist experience. I have always wanted to be in the kitchen. Its just my happy place and watching Kobus and his team work his magic in the kitchen I so much so wished I was helping cook and plate up. And then when I tasted the food it just took me on a journey.
Address: 10 Sampson Street, Paternoster, 7381, Paternoster, 7381
Foraging in the Western Cape has definitely strengthened my love for food as well as highlight the importance in being sustainable in what you do. Foraging in the Western Cape should definitely be one of your next go to activities.