By Amaraizu Genius
Enjoying the Best of Nature
Autumn is that season that never gets too hot or too cold. It’s a perfect definition for the Swedish word – “Lagom.” More importantly, autumn comes with a friend called “beautiful nature.” You just have to enjoy the best of this friend. To start, you have two options: either you choose to visit autumnal parks or you head to the woods. As for me, I choose to do the both. There is no better time to hike or trek than autumn, and I mean it. You will be so happy to feel nature, very cool breeze and amazing colours. Södertörn University is located at a spot that makes this even more magical. If you live at the university accommodation at Björnkulla, then this is your season, autumn lives with you. Lol. Have you hiked around the university? Or visited the parks in Huddinge? Ok, put on your shoes let’s go.
Picking Food From Nature
If you haven’t picked Swedish berries, you still have a slim chance to do so. Thanks to Allemansrätten – meaning “All Men’s Right” – anyone can collect berries across Sweden without permission from any authority. And there are many berries, but let’s stick to the most abundant and yes, you can pick and eat as you go. It’s called the Blåbär (Bilberry) and you literarily find it everywhere in the forest.
How about mushrooms? Have you picked any yet? This is their season. In Sweden, mushroom picking is a tradition, one you must try out this autumn. First, dress up for the experience and with your basket, head to the forest. I advise you go with an experienced mushroom ‘guy’. Like I said, this is a season of mushrooms, and there are many different ones – both edible and poisonous. If you are not used to picking mushrooms, you may not be able to distinguish which is edible from the rest. Here are some popular mushrooms in Sweden you can check out: Kantarell (Golden Chanterelle), Karljohanssvamp or Karl Johan (Penny Bun), Rödgul Trumpetsvamp, Trattkantarell. Remember, if you’re not sure if a mushroom is edible, throw it away. Do not second guess!