Forest To Fork

Photo by Olivia Rae James via Flickr

Photo by Olivia Rae James via Flickr

While we all (most) choose to fight the daily hustle and bustle of supermarkets, the delicious (and organic) foods that grow near us in yards or forests remain untouched. If you're already spending time in nature, what could be better that eating the delicious food around you? So many fruits, greens and even herbs can be found lingering around, quite literally waiting to be harvested. 

Replace your store bought greens with handfuls of fresh picked dandelion leaves.

Replace your store bought greens with handfuls of fresh picked dandelion leaves.

Foraging for berries

Foraging for berries

While mushrooms require a more trained eye to pick and harvest, there are a multitude of other plants. Herbs such as mint, wild strawberries, black berries or mountain blueberries are easily identified, easily harvested and easily delicious. While it may be unreasonable to go forage throughout the neighbourhood for every meal, every now and again when you stumble across a bountiful bush of raspberries, or a healthy gathering of dandelion, it will check one thing off that grocery list.

Fresh mountain blueberries on oatmeal

Fresh mountain blueberries on oatmeal

Dandelions are one of the most ignored and unharvested plant (weeds as some say) of them all. Their endless health benefits and tart, bitter taste add great flavour to any salad. Nettle, yep, the stinging kind, makes for some tasty protein and great source of minerals. See our wild nettle pizza recipe, or try your own versions of soups, teas etc.

Photo by Erin Scott of YummySupper // Wild dandelion and chick pea salad

Photo by Erin Scott of YummySupper // Wild dandelion and chick pea salad

Those who look can also find 'urban exotics' - such as plum trees, apple trees, pear or even peach and cherry trees (depending on the area). 

Once you start searching for wild edibles around you, you'll be surprised at the abundance of all these edibles that before went unnoticed. Take what you need, and leave some for others.