Foraging, or the harvesting of wild food, is fun and rewarding.
Wild edible plants provide superior nutrition.
Foraging satisfies a necessary connection to nature. It promotes environmental sensitivity and awareness of our natural world.
Take a walk with a forager. Get to know a few wild plants!
If you are interested in eating wild plants, I encourage you to become your own expert.
Purchase multiple field guides. They should include clear, color photograph and descriptions of each plant.
Check references against each other - compare for consistency and accuracy. Books and internet sources should always include information on any problematic or poisonous 'look-alikes’.
This website is intended as a general informational resource only. Always consult a health practitioner before using any foraged item, to verify that it is safe for you. Individualized health concerns or medical conditions always need to be considered. And remember, allergies and sensitivities are possible with any food, cultivated or wild.
Be 100% certain of the identity of any plant or mushroom before consuming it. The responsibility for eating any species rests with the individual. Cross-reference multiple sources before ingesting any wild food.
I received my master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University (many years ago!)
I'm a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener, and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.
As a nutritionist I have always been most interested in wild plants:
I feel my advanced training in nutrition provides a unique approach to appreciating wild foods.
LEARNING ABOUT EDIBLE PLANTS
If possible, let a knowledgeable person introduce you to plants in their own habitat.
There's nothing like meeting a plant "face-to-face" where it grows naturally.
And please... DON’T put a plant in your mouth until you are 100% sure of it's identity!
Some other important info:
Wild edibles are safe once you get to know them!
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
- Doug Larson