Foraging and Cooking with Invasive Species

Discover the wild side of the culinary plant world by foraging and cooking with invasive species that grow outside your garden.

  • Black locust
    Black locust occurs all across North America, and you can harvest the flowers to use in meals.
    Photo by Adobe Stock/xalanx

  • Black locust

A cornucopia of edible wild plants is growing under our noses. Despite the appealing qualities of these feral foods, most of them have been forgotten, overlooked, or dismissed as useless. Some are simply invisible.

The plants featured here are wild foods I use at home daily when they're in season. By providing a range of recipes for these plants, I'm making what I hope is an irrefutable argument for bringing these ingredients from the foraging fringes to everyday cooking.

You can purchase this book from the Grit store: Forage, Harvest, Feast

Learn about and discover more edible invasives to use in your seasonal cuisine:

Marie Viljoen is a forager, cook, and gardener in Brooklyn. Follow her at 66 Square Feet.

Reprinted with permission from Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisineby Marie Viljoen, published by Chelsea Green Publishing.

12/2/2018 5:08:07 PM

Foraging and invasive species are both important to me. I am always trying to get more information on how to make a difference in my small way and no matter where I live.

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