As a kid I read a book called “My Side of the Mountain” about a young boy that ran away from home and lived in the hollow of a huge tree for almost a year. Even though it was a work of fiction, I remember clearly how I destroyed my Mom’s blender grinding acorns to make acorn pancakes (just like in the book).
It seems that enjoying foods “gathered” from the wild would be pretty close to the heart of Paleo living. I enjoy finding wild blackberries, dandelion greens, chickweed, plantain, lambs quarters, nettles, purslane, and persimmons. Anyone else forage for wild foods to provide at least an occasional adjunct to a meal?
here in coastal new england, i do a lot of foraging for seafood- the town i live in invented the fried clam (!!), and everyone has a license to dig. i find it very relaxing and rewarding. im also lucky enough ot have a neighbor who loves to dig clams but hates to eat them so i get buckets full let on my doorstep! i also grab a lot of muscles.
ive also been diving for lobster, but its kind of a PITA and not really all that worth the effort involved- fresh lobster is usually around $5 a pound.
blueberries are a big thing for us in august.
purslane is a "weed" that grows around a lot in the late summer that i like eating. apparently its caught on because now my CSA is selling their invasive weed for lots of $$ to the yuppies!
The nutrient profile of freshly-picked, naturally ripened fruits ought to be significantly greater than those picked unripe and allowed to ripen during transport/storage (sometimes with added ethylene gas). I'd too would like to start literally hunting and gathering.
this blog has some nice foraging resources: http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2010/12/foraging-in-suburbia-and-in-urban.html
You might really like reading about Evan Strusinski. He is a master of foraging. I just read an article about him in Outside magazine, and I just found this one in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303443904575578283563685578.html
i love it. so far its season.Where iam now the civilized time thiefs, pollute all plants. The refusing winter, make it so very hard or sad to forage. soon there will be birch sap. und the snow is lots greens. pine...
blackberry leafs. dried leaf debris, has some nutrients...
paleo guys are maybe feel too male to do the gathering activity?
***more and more the greens come out of the ground or discover under the snow. I know there are so many knowledge on foraging wild plants in the us.
When I was a kid I would "forage" in the neighbors' raspberry bush, and go chicken neckin' (catching crabs with a chicken neck as bait). Now I feel inspired to get back into it (but find some public berry bushes), so thanks for the idea!
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