A beginner’s guide to urban foraging


Ever walk down the street and spot a particularly delicious looking weed growing in a parking lot? Or walk through a park and think to yourself, “Those dandelions would make some dang good fritters!” No? Then maybe it’s time to rethink the way you interact with the (surprisingly edible) species that make up your urban landscape.

Urban foraging is the practice of identifying and collecting the wild foods (think tree nuts, plant roots, mushrooms, and even flowers) growing freely around your city. It might also be one of the easiest ways for consumers to start engaging with larger discussions of environmental land use, food justice, and the effects of climate change. The practice is accessible to everyone, and doesn’t require leaving your neighborhood. You just need keen senses and a brave stomach.  Read more…

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