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  • Foraging

    Do many of you forage for wild food? I was thinking it's a very paleo/primal activity, and was wondering how popular it is among the primal community. I've been into foraging for years and am fortunate to live in the countryside, where there is an abundance of wild food.

    Now that it's almost Spring, I can start foraging again. The nettles are coming up, and there is a huge amount of watercress in the area. Both are also very nutritious greens, and nettles especially can be used in so many ways.

    This year I want to learn about more of the native wild food so I can have a more in my diet. It's a good heathy alternative, and saves money at the same time.

  • #2
    I occasionally wander around my office looking for leftover goodies from office birthday parties. Unfortunately, most of it isn't "paleo".


    • #3
      I forage when I go up to my childhood hometown in N. MI (I get watercress and horsetail in the woods and sometimes raspberries). My dad used to take me morel foraging.
      Here in Nashville, I get mulberries and apples in my neighborhood. I'm about to start hardcore gardening, though, so I'll be able to forage from my back yard I'm even going to plant a stinging nettle patch!


      • #4
        I'm an urban forager, so I mainly get tree fruits like mulberries and cherries. I wish I knew where to find some watercress - it costs a fortune in the store!
        The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.

        You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout


        • #5
          We were nurturing nettles at the bottom of our garden but my husband made nettle soup and I reacted to it, it made my mouth sore. At the time he was cross with me as I'd spoilt the nettle plan. Months later he admitted it made his mouth sore too lol
          Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome

          Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

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          • #6
            I have the "Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants" but I admit I never found any I was too fond of. Maybe in a salad mixed with more neutral-tasting greens... dunno.

            It was a lot of fun though! Being able to ID edibles is a neat skill to have.
            "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."


            • #7
              Yep, ever since I was about 10 years old. Reading My Side of the Mountain absolutely hooked me. I am pretty sure I ruined my Mom's blender grinding up acorns to make acorn pancakes with.

              Has anyone read Euell Gibbons books? Like "Stalking the Wild Asparagus?"



              • #8
                Acorns, cattails, lambsquarters, thistle, chokecherries - just a few of the things I forage around our property & beyond. What's not to like about (natural and delicious) free food!


                • #9
                  My foraging consists of getting in the car and going to the health food store, unfortunately. LOL
                  --Trish (Bork)
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                  • #10
                    Dewberries, chile pequins, and pecans are plentiful around here. I gather all of 'em whenever they're in season. Last year around Thanksgiving I also found some wild persimmons that were quite yummy.
                    Striving to live a life extraordinary.


                    • #11
                      Peterson's Field Guide to Edible Plants is a must!! It is extremely good.

                      I was luck and raised with a mother who is very wild food friendly. So, most plants that grow in New York I can tell you what it is and how to eat it etc. I also went to school at New York State College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Obviously by the name you can imagine we learned a lot about plants. One class in particular was amazing called Ethnobotany. By the end of the class we made a four course meal solely from wild food.

                      Pollen from cattails is extremely rich in protein and can be added to almost anything. Especially good for baking.
                      Height: 5'2"
                      Starting weight: 180lbs
                      Current weight 130lbs


                      • #12
                        Wild raspberries and blackberries. Black walnuts. Purslane. When I was a kid there was wild asparagus at my grandmother's farm but I can't find it anymore.
                        Starting Weight: 197.5
                        Current Weight: 123
                        Far healthier!


                        • #13
                          Mulberries, wild grape, apricots, cattail, wild mint and basil, burdock root, daylily, lambsquarter, acorns, raspberries, blackberries, sumac berries...

                          Oh yeah, and dandelion greens.

                          As per RobbieC's request: Twin Cities, MN.
                          Last edited by kbn1; 02-22-2011, 07:04 AM.


                          • #14
                            Besides "Field Guide to Edible Plants" does anyone have any other suggestions on where to gain knowledge of what to forage, particularly in the northwest region if possible. I loved doing this stuff even before i went paleo and would some free food, especially for camping.


                            • #15
                              Survival foraging and hunting are frequent topics in "How to Survive in the Woods" too. Very interesting read, IMO.
                              "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."