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Friday, July 22, 2011

Raw Wild Food Foraging Hike




Last Saturday our meetup group organized a Raw Wild Food Foraging Hike at a local park. This park is in the piedmont region of the eastern US. Roland found Blackberries, Dewberries aka Wineberries, Sassafras leaves, and Black Cherry. Roland identified Poison Ivy for the group since most people can not identify it and this plant does have serious consequences when you touch it. Yes, it creates a nasty skin rash.

Most of the Dewberries had been previously picked by others. It seems people are learning about wild foods. There were a lot of Blackberries to be found and we even found one Blackberry plant that was untouched and full of large Blackberries. As the saying goes, "If you look long enough, you will find it."

In our area of central Maryland, there are wild foods to be found throughout the growing season. I think June and July are the best months since that is when the plentiful Dewberries and Blackberries ripen. I prefer to forage for raw wild foods that you just pick and eat. I don't believe so much in foraging for wild foods that need to be processed to render edible by cooking and other means. If I were to choose wild foods that need more work, I would only choose ones that can be eaten raw and need minimal work like digging roots, rinsing with water, sun drying, making into a powder, and the like.

To learn more about foraging for wild foods in your area there are several good books including field guide books that are helpful to identifying the plants when hiking. There are also classes in many places. I think eating wild foods is certainly worthwhile sine wild foods are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. And foraging for wild foods is a great reason to get outside in the fresh air and go on a hike at your local park. This is great for your health!


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