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Falling in Love With Wild Food

"People simply fall in love with wild foods. Lord knows these wild things swept me away. Folks want to be seduced by their mystery, their freedom from the bonds of agriculture. Our human civilization, based on agriculture, has struggled for millennia to no longer depend on foraging in the wild. But here at the start of the twenty-first century, the old hunter-gatherer luring in all of us just won't let go."  – Connie Green (The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes) 

I'm really enjoying reading through this book right now. Every year I try to learn a little more about wild edible food that I can forage for, it's delicious and super healthy, and not to mention free.

 Handful of Morels 

We hunt for morels every spring and enjoy those thoroughly. I'd love to learn about more edible mushrooms in my area, from what I've been reading there are a few varieties I should be able to find. I'm looking for someone local that can teach me, as mushroom hunting from photos in a book can be difficult. I also harvest wild plants like plantain for salves along with dandelions, garlic mustard and wild violets for salads. We have a plentiful supply of wild blackberries and black raspberries close by that we freeze and enjoy all winter long.

 Wild Violet Salad 

Winter time is when I focus on learning about more wild foods that I can find in the woods around our home. I haven't decided what new wild foods I'm going to be searching for this year, any suggestions?

Do you eat any wild foods? Where do you learn about them?  

I can also be found at Chiot's Run where I blog daily about gardening, cooking, local eating, beekeeping, and all kinds of stuff. You can also find me at Ethel Gloves, Not Dabbling in Normal, Simple, Green, Frugal, Co-op, and you can follow me on Twitter.  

mike
9/23/2013 9:15:03 AM

Foraging is a great thing to do especially if you want to http://www.mushroomsource.ca


mike
9/23/2013 9:14:48 AM

Foraging is a great thing to do especially if you want to http://www.mushroomsource.ca


mike
9/23/2013 9:14:40 AM

Foraging is a great thing to do especially if you want to http://www.mushroomsource.ca


nebraska dave
3/31/2011 10:03:49 PM

Susy, I have foraged for mostly mulberries and elderberries locally. With a little effort one could usually find asparagus along the old railroad beds. Abandoned homestead houses and yards around the houses are a good place to look for berries and fruit trees. Always every farmhouse homestead has a rhubarb patch that continues on long after the occupants have moved away. The mulberries are usually along fence lines and the elderberries are mostly along the road ditches. I really should do more foraging than I do. Of course there are the moral mushrooms that come to life every spring. Have a great foraging spring day.


chiot's run
3/31/2011 3:04:26 PM

OH yes, we have tons of elderberries around here that we make syrup out of. I want to use the flowers to make cordial). Thanks for all the other recommendations!


chiot's run
3/31/2011 3:04:03 PM

OH yes, we have tons of elderberries around here that we make syrup out of. I want to use the flowers to make cordial). Thanks for all the other recommendations!


cindy murphy
3/30/2011 5:34:32 PM

Hi, Susy. Other common things to look for are elderberry (the flowers made good fritters, I'm told). Amelanchier berries make good pies and jams (also called juneberry, serviceberry, shadblow, shadbush, sarvice tree, depending on which part of the country you're in). Same for hawthorn berries. Lindera benzoin (American spicebush) makes a wonderful tea - collect the branches this time of year, and steep them for a spring tonic (there's an article here on Grit about it). Common daylilies, or what we call ditch lilies (hemerocallis fulva) are actually quite nutritious; nearly all parts of the plant can be eaten. My goal this year is to get out early enough in spring to harvest dandelion leaves before they get too bitter - I always forget until the fluff flying through the air reminds me I meant to get to it earlier!