Saturday, June 10, 2006
Tips on foraging
If you are starting out and have any thoughts about trying this, it is really easy and not too weird at first. Start out by eating wild raspberries and blackberries. That's technically foraging but it is considered normal. Mint is also good. In general you need to know what you are looking at first. I would start here. This is Wildman Steve Brill. Stephanie's Aunt Nancy found this site, but he is also the author of the first book we borrowed from the library and have read it over and over. This guy does tours on Central Park right in the city. He gives good insights to beginners who want to start foraging and tells you what is good to look for and easy to spot with no poisonous look a likes. You could spend a good hour on the site and not get through it all. He gives you recipes and tips to cook with everything, etc. He does other tours in NY and surrounding areas and through out the US. He will be about 2 hours away from us in the fall. We are planning to go.
We also have borrowed Peterson field guides to help identify trees and plants specifically in our forest.
So we start this foraging thing and now I can say we are weird. Stephanie is making a red clover corn bread. It had the flowers of the red clover, and uses no white sugar. Just fruit juice and honey and other normal baking things. Steph said she will post on how it tastes. She also made wild mint tea and a Yarrow infusion. Basically it a tea also but you make it a different way. The mint was good, different, but good. The yarrow was similar to me, but Stephanie didn't like it. She also made red clover tea which she liked but I didn't.