If you are unfamiliar with spruce tips or purslane no need to be alarmed. Foraging doesn’t mean you need to parachute into the Alaskan wilderness with a toothpick and razor blade in order to forage. Foraging is as simple as stepping foot in your backyard or visiting a local park.
Wild foods are all around us. And just like our bodies all we need to do is open our eyes and become aware of their existence. Once we do this we won’t see the dandelions checker boarding our pristine lawn with yellow eyesores but free, readily accessible food. And not only that, more nutrient rich than the lettuce, broccoli and even kale that we buy in the grocery store!
If interested in learning more check out Foraging Resources and Foraging 101. Want to know how to prepare your wild goodies click around the Wild Foods Recipes for some inventive ideas in preparing your fiddleheads, morels and burdock root.
Note: Wild foraging peaks in Minnesota Mid May-June and tappers off in mid October. Talking about foraging is possible all year but wild-food walks are limited during winter weather.