Wild Foraging of Edibles


Wild Foraging of Edibles
  • Posted June 26, 2014

Whether you're living back to the land on several acres or in a tiny city loft, knowledge of edible weeds can be fun, as well as financially and nutritionally beneficial. While New York City and Portland, Oregon seem to be hottest on the foraging trend - it can be done anywhere “weeds" grow – so, almost everywhere! Front yards, parks, the back forty. Parking lots, highways and commercial areas get a bit iffy due to potential contamination, but all possibilities are worth investigating. Books and Blogs abound that can help you within finding, identifying and making safe choices about plant forage.


If you do happen to live in or be visiting, New York City, blogger and author Marie Viljoen offers foraging tours. She also provides recipes for and samples of foods created with foraged goods and harvests from her balcony garden.


Also in New York City is the infamous Steve Brill. In 1986 he was arrested, by order of the New York Parks Department, for giving foraging tours in Central Park (including some eating of plants) and then hired by them to give these same tours (minus any noshing) just a few weeks later! His website and book give detailed identification guidance and many useful tips. The website also offers a schedule of park foraging tours, that go well beyond Central Park. He even has foraging apps for Apple and Android.


Another helpful and award winning guidebook, that keeps things simple is Front Yard Forager - Identifying, Collecting, and Cooking the 30 Most Common Urban Weeds by Melany Vorass Herrera


If you need a little inspiration first, read the entertaining account of journalist Becky Lerner's ongoing adventure in foraging in Portland Oregon. Her book, Dandelion Hunter - Foraging the Urban Wilderness is not a guide book in the plant I.D. sense, but can certainly offer “been there, done that" friendly guidance in your foraging journey.

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