Forage for Mushrooms, Greens and More

How to Forage for Mushrooms, Greens and More

Last Updated September 23, 2014
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Learn how to identify edibles in the wild.

Back in the day, hunters and gatherers had no choice except to forage, but today, seeking out wild food has become a popular locavore trend. Blackberries grow all over the Pacific Northwest, leafy greens cover Virginia, and mushrooms sprout across most wooded areas. It’s all waiting to be picked—for free. Of course, precautions must be taken (five percent of mushrooms in the United States are highly toxic). Foragers must not only know what is edible, but they must make sure that the stock will naturally replenish. These stories can help get home cooks get out of the supermarket and into nature.

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chanterelle mushroom
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Foraging from the Forest Floor: A Life in Mycology

Foraging from the Forest Floor
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