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Foraging For Wild Food: A Gourmand Trend

As people all over are becoming more connected to their food, they're understanding that it just doesn't come from supermarkets and corner stores. It comes from the Earth. And instead of strawberry picking or apple picking in a designated area at a farm, they've started to get the hang of picking free fruits, vegetables, and other foods growing wild around their local community. This isn't just out in the country; urban foraging is a trend that's on the rise.

The idea of foraging is nothing new, but what used to be considered a survival skill for Grizzly types is now a trend amongst foodies in cities all over the country. Some restaurants are even employing the help of experts to bring foraged foods to their menus to bump up their seasonal bounty. In the Fall and Winter, mushrooms are on the brain, and it's no coincidence that it's one of the best times to seek out wild mushrooms across the country.

I'm curious to know if you'd be interesting in learning about foraging. Would you ever take a class to differentiate between edible and poisonous mushrooms, or try your hand in general at foraging for wild food?

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Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 5 years
I'd be a little scared to pick wild mushrooms, but when I was in Alaska, we picked a ton of wild blueberries and dandelion greens.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Only if I were educated properly. There's a fun resource in the city called ForageSF that teaches newbies how to forage. I've been wanting to sign up for it forever, because a picture in a book just isn't enough for me to go by when it comes to life and death!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
I'll gladly take any unwanted foraged 'shrooms! :drool:
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
One of the chefs at my school actually is part of a foraging club in Central Park. I'd be down for the berries, but definitely not the mushrooms!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
I'm with Lindsey. I think that it would be a kick in the pants to try to compose a meal made primarily of foraged foods rounded out by a little fishing on the lake.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I think it would be fun! Mushrooms, berries, wild lettuces...sounds delicious to me!
amber512 amber512 5 years
No thanks, I hate mushrooms.
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