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Photos via Culture Change Urban foraging is gaining appeal among more people as a way to gather up the free bounty of wild plants that still thrive in city settings.
Urban Foraging with Leda Meredith
Spring means many things in Southern California--the end of citrus season, the beginning of masses of bright green reappearing in local farmers' markets--but it is not associated with the food-gathering traditions long upheld elsewhere in the country. The first somewhat warm, wet months that follow winter bring about morel hunts in the Midwest, ramp digs in Appalachia, fiddlehead fern gathering in New England. Like the king of wild ingredients, the truffle, these highly season, intensely local foods are loved not just for their taste, but for the traditions which have built up around their seasons, the effort needed to experience their aromas, flavors and textures.
Can we come up with a tasty, healthful salad, just by foraging the urban neighborhood around NPR's Washington, D.C., office? That would be the ultimate in locally grown food. But most of us don't know the first thing about foraging wild greens.
The Urban Forest Mapping Project is infoporn for the eco set. The open-source database, which launched Wednesday, gives anyone access to all sorts of information about 140,000 public trees in San Francisco.
In some circles, it’s known as “urban foraging.”
One trend that has really caught my interest lately (to the chagrin of certain hygiene-obsessed boyfriends) is urban foraging .
She noticed something else. Those forlorn yards were peppered with overgrown gardens and big fruit trees, all bulging with the kind of bounty that comes from the high heat and afternoon thunderstorms that have defined Atlanta’s summer. So she began picking.