Lichen and moss

by Peeter Pihel

As the nature is still a bit sleepy after a long rough winter, it is hard to find anything to use from the wild. We walked around the nearby forests together with Anna-Liisa who is the horticulturist of Pädaste Manor and educated ourselves about moss and lichen. There’s a simple truth about those two, you will also find out from our clip.


Besides the similarity in nomination, there’s not much in common. For a quick reminder: Moss is a green plant with stems and leaves, lichen doesn’t have them and they belong among fungus. Lichen first and foremost reminds me of seaweeds – the texture and culinary qualities are very similar. Before you take any moss or lichen with you from the wild in large quantities, think twice – some of the moss species may take decades to grow.