Foraging Guidelines

 

Get back to your primitive roots--learn how to forage safely and sustainably.

Yaupon holly with berries

Yaupon holly is the only plant (that we know of) native to the United States that contains caffeine.

Chanterelles growing with ground cedar

Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), or "golden chanterelles," are probably the most well known wild mushrooms. They're sought after by chefs and foodies due to their delicate flavor.

Elderflower umbel and leaves

Elderberries and elderflowers have long been used as food and as a go-to remedy for treating and preventing all kinds of ailments.

Amaranth or pigweed plant

Mention "pigweed" in a south Georgia feed and seed and you're liable to hear a slew of words unfit for Sunday service. Pigweed has few friends in south Georgia or any of the farming communities that have been stricken by its glyphosate-resistant tenacity.

But mention "amaranth" in an Asheville co-op and you'll likely get an earful of evangalism for one of the oldest intentionally cultivated food crops that we know of.

And yet, they're the same plant.

Hairy bittercress basal rosette

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a really unfortunate name for a wonderfully tasty edible weed. Bittercress is a mustard, so its bitterness is more spicy-hot than bitter, though it’s not nearly as hot as some other members of the Brassicaceae family.

The “hairy” in its name is derived from the tiny “hairs” on its leaves and stems. The hairs are more noticeable on young bittercress, but you still have to look pretty hard, like with a loupe or magnifying glass, to see them. A more appropriate name would be Not-so-hairy and pleasantly-mild spicycress.

Buck and doe grazing

Ever wanted to learn how to hunt deer but have no experience and really don't know where to look? Here's everything you need to know to get started.

Pawpaws hanging from branch

The wild pawpaw. Asimina triloba. Largest North American fruit. One with as many aliases as Billy the Kid — Bandango, Indiana Banana, Poor Man’s Banana, or simply Paw Paw.

An indescribable cross between banana, mango, pineapple, and whatever fruitarian delicacy you might not be able to imagine. The thing forager dreams are made of. My nemesis.

How to find, cook, and eat stinging nettle (urtica dioica), a nutritious weed with scientifically proven health benefits. Info on habitat, range, and uses.

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