Foraging / Wild Edibles

Welcome to the World of Wild Edibles!​

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.


Walk with a wild edibles expert. Get to know a few wild plants!

A Word on Safety

If you are interested in eating wild plants, I encourage you to become your own expert. 


Purchase a few good field guides. They should include clear, color photographs of each plant.


Check references against each other - compare for consistency and accuracy. 


And DON'T believe everything you read on-line!


​​​Books and internet sources should always include information on ‘poisonous look-alikes’, if any.   

About the Wild Edibles Lady

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:  

  • What's out there that is food for our species?  
  • What is the nutritional value of wild food? 
  • How do we identify, safely forage and prepare those foods?


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:


  • Which part is OK to eat?
  • Does it need to be cooked / leached?
  • Is it hazardous if consumed under-ripe / raw / in large quantity?
  • Etc, etc!


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