|After-market free food (the photo is taken from the better side of the fruits and veggies, which means that they are half or more damaged, but stil the other part is edible)|
Since my EVS experience in Kalamata started, I'm totally inspired for different ideas by the new people I’m meeting all the time. For example, this article from an Ukrainian volunteer that influenced me to start collecting “harvest” from the “after-market”. Or those people from the Mountaineering club of Kalamata ΟΡΕΙΒΑΤΙΚΟΣ ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΚΑΛΑΜΑΤΑΣ, who are showing me different edible wild plants and vegs. Thereby every weekend I’m coming back from the mountains with some , such as chestnuts, mushrooms, nettles, persimmons and my latest discovery – Χόρτα!
Last Sunday while we were hiking in Tetrazi mountain, I’ve noticed people were focused to look for some plant, that they were taking out of the soil. Of course they were talking in Greek so I couldn’t understand what they are collecting. My curiosity was growing until the point I felt like trying it. But then I realized that for me all the grassy plants between the rocks seem the same! Also, I didn’t have a knife and the root of this plant goes deeply in the soil. But everything went well when I found a knife-shaped stone and then a very nice lady showed me the original plant. I asked about the name but no one knew it in English, so we were using all the time the. In a way it reminded me of rucola (rocket salad), but still it looked like a wild version of it.
Here I want to give you examples of some partly freegan and completely vegan meals that I reccently prepared. The used potatoes and vegs are collected after the market in Kalamata, greens are gathered in the forest and in the mountains.
|pasta with vegs collected after the market|
|pita with nettles, collected in forest|