Friday, July 20, 2012

Urban Food Foraging

Sometimes I go on walks and can't believe how many edible and useful plants I see all around me. I'm not talking about a stroll through a farmer's field. I'm talking a walk along a busy road, along the river that runs through town, or even in an old parking lot.
Many plants that we pass daily on our way to our busy lives are tasty, good for making crafts or tools, or provide medicine. Just like many of us are relearning the art and science of gardening and farming, we can also relearn food and useful plant foraging.
For instance, did you know that parts of a certain "weedy" daisy are both edible and quite delicious?


Did you know that a common roadside weed is used as wonderfully soft emergency t.p.? (campers and road-trippers take note).



I finally decided to go on a plant walk with whomever will show up, because I want to share this knowledge with the world. I also made a short e-book covering six edible wild greens to educate people who can't come. In this e-book I teach you how to identify the plants, how and when to harvest, and ways to eat them. You can buy it here:

Urban Food Warrior Guide to Food Foraging: 6 Easy Greens Add to Cart

The fun part about wild food foraging is that once you know how to identify the plants, you can just go out and get them- no toiling in the soil for people who have a black thumb. Mother Nature takes care of all the dirty work. It is important to be mindful of over-harvesting, which is why I like to focus on weeds. These seem to be super successful plant that no one cares if you cut down. So, next time you feel like a quick summer salad, get my guide to food foraging and  head out to your backyard and see what's hanging out in the grass!

2 comments:

  1. I just bought your ebook and I LOVE it! So much great info. I love that you include easy ideas on how to prepare all the food you find too. I can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks! I had a lot of fun making it and I'm already pulling together some info on other common edible weeds for another ebook. I'll be sure to let you know when it's done!

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