The short history of food forestry in the Netherlands has given birth to a field that is likely to have a rich future. Botanical gastronomy' unites knowledge and insight from two disciplines, and is a theme that can be developed into an economically viable model in physical locations.

The primary aim is to produce interesting volumes of edible species and varieties from a select palette. The choice of these species can start from a spectrum of species that has been built up in the meantime, which seem to deliver satisfactory quantity and quality in Dutch conditions, and which have gastronomic value. Undoubtedly, however, there is still much more to discover, both in terms of species and varieties in the forest and in terms of processing techniques in the kitchen. It goes without saying, therefore, that the success of this thematic interpretation depends on the inventiveness of both food-forest farmers and culinary adventurers. An appropriate package of harvesting techniques and moments can be developed per location, depending on the partners in the chain. A food-wood grower can take the harvest in hand - literally, or with the help of existing and still-to-be-developed technologies - and transport it to an external market. But selective harvesting by culinary entrepreneurs themselves or by intermediaries and/or subcontractors is also conceivable.


Apart from the direct production and sale of food, a gastronomically designed food forest can also generate economic returns by using the area itself as a stage for education and experience, especially for specifically interested target groups. For example, a varied range of guided tours, tastings and cooking workshops can be developed, aimed at entrepreneurs in the catering industry, on a scale from global and generic to refined and specialised.


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We have simplified the data and information for Welna estate a little, and also added an economic cautionary measure by skimming another 25% off the costs and benefits for the two themes where harvesting is high.

We then built a tool with which you, in your own environment, can make a pretty nice customised report that can serve as a conversation starter for your own supporters, family, financiers, etc.

Of course, this is only the beginning and the plant list consists of plants that do well on sandy soils, and we base our models on assumptions, but every year there will be more real data and all your heads will be calculating with us, so help us to make this matter more beautiful together. Enjoy.

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What if the forest is once again buzzing, chirping, jingling and full of food for all that wants to live?


Reconnect the forest with man, and man with rich nature, full of food for all.


Wood, nuts, fruits, put them in a row and get a much richer harvest from the forest.