The following is the weekly round-up; this weeks topic is foraging! There’s almost 30 links reviewed below; all are from last weeks newsletter (We Are WellPreserved is emailed on the weekend). The newsletter is free and we send all subscribers a template for hand-designed labels that fit on mason jars. This weekends’ topic will be asparagus.
Here’s part of last weeks newsletter – the round-up of links to foraging articles from around the Internet:GENERAL READING
- Finders, Keepers: A Guide to Forest Food Foraging (Globe and Mail) I included this article because of it’s emphasis that foraging can be practical. I had overly-romantasized foraging for too long and this was a good reminder that foraging can be a part of my life.
- Urban Foraging Trend Inspires Scavenging Foodies (CBC News) I struggle with the term ‘foodie’ and the idea that foraging could be a ‘trend’ but I think it’s great that more and more people (including us) are learning about things like foraging; I also included this article because of its mention of Urban Foraging.
- Tama Matsuoka: Do’s and Don’ts of Foraging (NPR). Tama has become a friend over the years. She recently did an interview on the NPR covering the basics of foraging. Tama makes foraging accessible and exciting.
- Wild Greens: How to Forage in Your Back Yard for Edibles (Canadian Living) This isn’t a large article and almost didn’t make the cut but it also includes a slideshow of items you could cultivate in your backyard. Some of the items are a little impractical but dandelion, nettle and daises aren’t unusual around here. Bonus (from our site): I’ve been seeing clover all over; and it’s fully edible and common.
- Foraging Do’s and Don’ts When Sourcing Your Own Food (Huffington Post) A great list of tips for foraging. There’s a lot of things in this article that I have missed before (for example, telling family that you’re going foraging – and where). It’s a high-level guide of where to start.
- Eternal Spring: The Joy of urban Foraging (Saveur) This piece is more inspirational than instructional but it’s a great starting point.
FORAGING GUIDES WEBSITES
- Edible Wild Food A great website with a GIANT list of edible foods and how to identify them.
- The 3 Foragers Check out their Wild plant Identifications – I’m rather envious of the idea of wild cranberries!
- Wild Foragers Society Our friend Becky (and her friend Lee who we’ve met a few times) have a great blog sharing their foraging adventures. They are overly excited about foraging – in the best way!
- Wild Food Mary This UK-based site may have different ingredients than you have available but I really love her tone – as well as her recipe section.
- Meadows and More This is the site of our friend Tama Matsuoka. Her Plant ID forum is an amazing resource if you’re struggling to identify something in the field.
- Wildman Steve Brill One of the absolute experts when it comes to urban foraging, Steve has been inspiring people for years (we reviewed his foraging app in 2012)
FORAGING IN THE SPRING
- Foraging For the First Tastes of Spring (Flavours World) There isn’t a tonne of information in this article but I included it because of the link to recipes which show just how amazing these ingredients can be.
- Urban Foraging for Spring Tonics (Vohn’s Vittles) This is perfectly timed and includes photos and ways to identify 9 or 10 ingredients from this time of year – and shares ideas on how to eat them.
- Cooks Gone Wild (Edible Monterey Bay) Here’s a GREAT introduction to foraging with some very specific advice on how to get started and ingredients to look for.
FROM OUR ARCHIVE
- Tama Matsuoka Wong (Forager) Speaks at TEDxManhattan (July, 2013) Tama’s TEDx speech shares her passion for foraging and makes a case for wild food.
- Learning to Forage: Blue Violet (June, 2012) Beautiful flowers to look at – and to eat!
- Learning to Forage: Garlic Mustard (June, 2012) It’s an invasive species and many parks in Ontario are struggling with the amount of garlic mustard that’s taking over. It’s easy to pick, identify and eat.
- Foraged Ingredients: Infusing Vodka with Garlic Mustard Root (June, 2012) A simple infusion recipe.
- Tama Masuoka Changed My Life: I am Now a Forager (May 2012) Before I’d met Tama, I saw her speak at Terroir (the event we are returning to tomorrow). This was my introduction to her, her work and her book.
- Tips for Foraging in a City (In our Case, Toronto) (May, 2012) Tips for foraging in an urban environment.
- Our Foraging Archive