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!
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.
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