Foraging, Step by step
Foraging, at least to me, is one of the most beautiful things one can do to connect with nature in a variety of ways. It’s not just about the wild food you find, its about being in nature, and rediscovering nature in a completely different way. Its about surprising people that never heard of wild food, and its a way of living, because once you know about wild edibles, your whole world around you literally changes, and there is no way going back.
But before you go in nature and pick something you saw online, make sure you read the following “Foraging Rules”:
- The best way to learn about wild edibles, is to follow herbalism or foraging courses, go to workshops and alike, so somebody with experience can actually show you the exact wild edible.
He/she can tell you what to look for, how to look for it, the shape, and dangerous lookalikes.
It is also a good idea, to get some theoretic insights about the substances and nutrients found in the wild edible. If you wish to follow courses in Belgium, please contact us.
- If you are not 100% sure it is the right plant, DON’T eat it. Some plants are so toxic, even in small amounts they can really harm you.
- If you do go and forage for food, make sure you pick them only when they are in abundance, and if picking them wouldn’t hurt the future of the species. This way, when you come back a year later, they will still be there.
- Try not to pick near places where you see a lot of trash, or where you know soil is polluted. Some wild edibles will concentrate these substances, and by eating them, they enter the body.
- After picking, wash them -depending on what you picked- well. Water, peeling,… If you are sure they are completely clean, like after a rainy day, well, your choice !
- If you wish to learn more about Foraging, buy a good book like Miles Irving “The Forager handbook.” And deepen yourself in the do’s and don’ts.
- But above all, don’t be afraid, I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and nothing has happened since. Just be smart enough not to go and start eating every plant you see !
Anything mentioned on this website is a guideline for further research. Forest to plate is not responsible in case of any injury.