A NEW COOKING CLASS: WILD EDIBLE HERBS TRAIL AND COOKING
Herb Gathering Course in Tuscany
Discovering and Cooking Wild Herbs in Tuscany
A pleasant walk in the unspoiled Tuscan Nature with CuocheinVacanza and a Herbalist:
Course duration: 3 hours about
Location: Pisa Countryside
Advice: Comfortable shoes, a small bottle of water
- to recognize and distinguish the herbs we meet along the way
- to collect herbs and to create a Menu with herbs and flowers collected
- to arrive at an old country stone-house among the olive trees where we’ll cook herbs and enjoy the meal together
More Details about wild edible herbs cooking class
Listening to our customers, one of the best experiences here in Tuscany is our herb-gathering cooking class. It’s a pleasant walk inside the Tuscan Nature, with me and a very experienced herbalist, Maurizio.
This is a very original and particular experience, dedicated to all ones who’re looking for an authentic experience, far from clichés of entertainment tourism.
You can share it with family or friends, all you need is comfortable shoes.
Our first herb gathering course
The first experience was with 4 girls coming from around the world.
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons: young plants are growing up and the first rains and the colors, here in Tuscany, are absolutely gorgeous and stunning.
I think it was one of the best working days I’ve ever had: the company was fantastic, beautiful people to stay! We walked in nature for a while, picking up the herbs, observing and comparing them with other kinds of plants. We talked about how cooking them and tasting them in the best way.
You can find different herbs following the change of seasons:
catmint, star grass, thyme, silene, wild carrot, dandelion, wild oregano, etc.
After a 1 hour trip, we arrived at a stone house surrounded by olive trees and we started to prepare our meal.
Every ingredient is organic: vegetables from Maurizio’s garden, the bread (by natural mother yeast) is baked in an old wood oven, wine and extra virgin olive oil from Monti Pisani and the pasta is from the organic farm Floriddia).
We spent the time together laughing and talking a lot. At the end of our lunch, we tasted some cookies and we drunk a small glass of Grappa too.
I asked one of the girls to write something about their Herb Gathering Course and I’m posting her comment just below, so that you could understand what kind of experience is, not only from me but directly from a customer-friend
Here’s the Review
When my friends and I booked a cooking class with Erika, we had a few expectations. We knew the food would be good, and we would have fun. What we didn’t know was that it would end up being one of the most memorable things we’d ever done. The class we selected was not typical in the least bit; it was the herb gathering, nature hike class. In all honesty, I assumed we would meet Erika at a garden somewhere, pick a few well-arranged, familiar herbs then cook for a bit.
When we arrived at our meeting spot, I suspected my assumptions were incorrect. We were in a small parking lot, amid the huge, glorious Tuscan Hills, not a stationed garden insight.
Erika introduced herself and Maurizio, the herbalist accompanying us. Both looked well-equipped for some more serious adventuring, and I wondered if maybe I had worn the wrong shoes. Erika had us follow her by car to a more suitable parking lot, and we soon began our trek. Maurizio, who was friendly but seemed shy at first, handed us each a tote and kitchen knife. Then he pointed to a distant cottage high on a mountain top and told us, that, was where we were headed. I had definitely worn the wrong shoes…
We walked up. It was a smooth, steady climb upward through the local village. We were surrounded by lovely houses and fantastic, old buildings. Erika and Maurizio took turns offering bits of information about the places we were seeing. They were both so kind and well-informed, the conversation was never boring.
Maurizio’s home was enchanting. He was a wonderful host and went out of his way to make us feel welcomed. We set our collection of greens on the counter. Before he began, Maurizio asked our food preferences and dietary restrictions. Then he got busy working. Maurizio took great care in his cooking. His passion for natural ingredients was obvious, as everything he used was organic. We enjoyed some wonderful wines and handpicked grapes from Maurizio’s vines. We helped when there was an opportunity, but for the most part, we just relaxed.
The walk back to the car was very quick, and the perfect end to a perfect afternoon. We left completely satisfied with the food, magic, and friendship we encountered. My words do it no justice. It is for anyone hoping to make unique memories, and do a little work for an exceptional meal. My only advice for those interested is to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring bug spray.
Grazie, Erika, and Maurizio! We are so grateful for everything you did for us. We will never forget it!
Thanks to all of you girls, we shared with you a beautiful experience… hoping to meet you soon in Tuscany!