Wild Edibles made Easy with 10 Great Tips!
Foraging for wild edibles? It’s fun. Yes, there IS a world of food outside the supermarket!
And it’s super green and ecofriendly – as well as great fun!
But you need to be safe – here are loads of resources for courses and the best books for wild plants that are edible
Why is it good to find wild edibles?
- Wild edible plants are free. Yes, free! (That’s even cheaper than a burger filled with junk!). So you save money.
- Some fruit for example is wildly expensive in stores – you can get free if you forage for food and fruit in season.
- You get out into the fresh air, and you get some gentle exercise.
- You learn about the fruits and vegetables that nourish you.
- You get to eat super-fresh, healthy food, without pesticides or other toxins.
- It’s fun!
- Imagine coming across an unexpected find, like a bush filled with blackberries! It gets your creative juices flowing – what will you use them for? Will you eat them raw, or bake them or cook them into something? It’s exciting!
- Wild edible plants are local (no food miles) and sustainable. So if you forage for food you are being very eco friendly and living green.
- It’s a great way to engage kids.
- You will find that when you forage for food, your senses are sharpened and you are more connected with your surroundings – something we miss out on in our busy city lives.
- Many people have fruit that they can’t harvest – perhaps they are elderly, or there’s too much fruit at once…. you can help. It’s a win-win!
Wild Edibles Top 10 Tips
- Remember to look both up and down. For example, if you find a nut tree, look around its base for fallen nuts as well as in the branches for ripe nuts.
- Check out where the best fruit trees are located during the spring and summer. Then foraging for ripe fruit later in the year will be a breeze!
- Get into the habit of always carrying a reusable bag with you. If you find ripe fruit but don’t have a bag with you, use your pockets, a hat, anything.
- Put an ad in your local ad paper offering to help harvest organic produce, or weed and tend gardens for a share of the produce. This could also apply to fishing, nut gathering, or other heavily harvested food in your area.
- Be a responsible forager, asking for permission when necessary.
- Be kind to the trees and plants you harvest; leave enough behind for them to regenerate or reseed, and leave some for the wild birds and animals that depend on them for survival. Take a little here and a little there like the animals do.
- Ask the elderly what wild plants they used. One forager said his family gathered big bags of marijuana for his grandmother to soak in for her arthritis!
- The most overlooked area to forage is our own property.
- If you have a brook or spring, or even somewhere water develops, then plant mint, watercress, or other water-loving plants that can take care of themselves and don’t need much.
- If you have ditches, reservoirs, or damp areas in your area, try planting watercress, sunflowers, herbs, trees, or seeds and care for them periodically during their initial growing stages. A few squash or pumpkin seeds can yield enormous amounts of food – either for yourself or for other foragers.
Remember – “If we were all to give as freely as Mother Earth, no one would ever go to bed hungry”
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