In the brisk atmosphere of autumn, where leaves dance to the gentle sound of the wind and the scent of damp earth fills the air, embark on a unique foraging experience in the enchanting Val di Sole, in the heart of Trentino. The valley transforms into a natural stage, where the generosity of the earth reveals itself through succulent fruits, aromatic roots, and mysterious mushrooms.
Already with the first step into the woods, the golden carpet of crunchy leaves welcomes you to autumn, the season of myriad flavors and colors. Val di Sole proves to be the ideal territory for foraging, with a wealth of natural treasures ready to be discovered.
Hawthorn, with its red fruits and serrated leaves, is a precious gift in the autumn harvest. Its delicate aroma and slightly sweet taste make the fruits ideal for teas and infusions. Harvesting requires attention to avoid thorns, but the reward is a cup of refreshing beverage enriched with heart-healthy properties—a wonderful remedy against anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
Nuts, with their tough shells, demand a bit of effort to crack open, but the rich and buttery taste repays the endeavor. Hazelnuts, on the other hand, are a gift wrapped in a tough shell. Their intense flavor and crunchy texture make these little gems true culinary treasures, perfect for enhancing both sweet and savory dishes.
And if, while walking in the woods, you come across a carpet of yellow spiky shells, look closely. That’s where chestnuts are nestled. Harvesting these autumn fruits requires a certain delicacy, but their rich and nourishing taste completes the foraging experience with a unique and colorful touch.
Nature, generous and diverse in autumn, offers a palette of tastes that reflects its richness and vibrant spirit. Thus, amid the freshness of berries, the robustness of nuts, and the enveloping scent of hawthorn, autumn in Val di Sole becomes a hymn to the beauty and abundance of life, before the slow and cold winter season sets in.
Upon returning home, your basket may overflow with berries, chestnuts, nuts, and perhaps even mushrooms. In your hands, you will find not only the day’s harvest but also the story of Val di Sole, written in the colors and flavors of the season.
The experience of foraging in autumn in Val di Sole is a sensory journey that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. The connection with nature, the discovery of hidden treasures, and the enveloping scent of autumn create an irresistible mix of emotions. The joy of harvest and the awareness of the gifts of the earth blend together, offering an unforgettable experience.
> 14 years old
Period of the year
september - october
Equipment to bring
hiking boots - layered mountain clothing - backpack - water - knife - cloth bag or basket