Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Foraging Basics

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Foraging Basics

Foraging, it has found its way into slow food circles and you'll even see the term on the menus of popular restaurants.

But, What is foraging?

Essentially, foraging takes advantage naturally occurring or otherwise "wild growing" sources of food. To forage would be the act of picking an edible weed or harvesting a wild variety of blackberry, for example. There are even experts who go beyond plant-based foraging possibilities and consider fishing for uncommonly harvested varieties of seafood a form of "sea foraging."

What can be foraged?

These bloggers have put together some sumptuous recipes using foraged ingredients. Wild growing greens, fruits, mushrooms and more. Take a look.

Wild Garlic Pesto (from Sudden Lunch)

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Strawberry Creme Brulee (from Poires au Chocolat)

Wild Strawberry Creme Brulee

Wild Mushrooms with Polenta* (from The Spinning Plate)

Wild Mushrooms with Polenta

*not vegetarian

Foraged Mulberry Fool (from Pikelet & Pie)

Mulberry Fool

Wild Greens of Monsoon Stir-fry (from Love Food Eat)

Wild Greens of Monsoon Stir-fry

Foraging Know-How

Here are a few great resources for foraging meet-ups in your area and foraging tips.

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