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Foraging 101

by Chaya Foedus
  • Start small.
  • Get permission before picking on private property.
  • Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used.
  • It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking.
  • Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo.
  • Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a  surprise allergic reaction.
  • Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt.
Source: Adapted from
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