Foraging for Food
The other morning my mum came home from her early morning fitness session with my dad’s Commando group, and showed me these:
She found them growing in the public park area where her morning fitness group meets to be ‘punished’ 3 times a week, and was laughing because some of the other participants starting calling her “Bush Tucker Lady”.
Mum’s response was, “I think a bird who ate some tomatoes, must have pooped here, so why not take them home to eat”. Haha hardly appetising but what a great find I think.
Loads of raw food enthusiasts currently forage for their wild food but I am yet to do so for fear of picking something poisonous. Things like dandelion greens, berries & herbs. And it can turn into a bit of a thrill. I remember a friend telling me about a place in Northern Italy where apples grew wild on the side of the road, and I wanted to plan a trip there immediately. Even seeing papaya and coconuts growing wildly in Thailand made me want to pack up there and move. My crew even brought me home some coconuts they found on a venture to dry land.
But not only are ‘hippie’ types hitting their local reserves and gardens to find unusual and nutritionally dense items to add to their repertoire, but big name chefs are hitting out and trying to find ingredients that no one else has like this article in the NY Times. Also on Come Dine With Me last week (see, told you I love it!) one of the participants, picked some wild garlic from his local common to add some pizzazz to his dish. Needless to say it impressed his diners so much that he won the £1000 prize money for his inventiveness with his dishes.
Lola Berry also filmed this video on ‘Freeganism’ in a trip she did to New York which at first made me wonder, “eating out of dustbins?’, but as you will see, they find some pretty good stuff. The hubs even has a friend who goes foraging in bins regularly with a group of people to only then go home, cook it up and feed it to the homeless. And he’s just like you and me.
So what are your thoughts on ‘Freeganism’ and Food Foraging? Ever done it? Ever just found any free food either still attached to the plant or otherwise?
When the hubs and I were in Italy last year visiting my sister in Santa Margherita, we went trekking in the late afternoon and I was excited to come across wild blueberries!! That’s pretty much the extent of my foraging experience!Share on Facebook