The advantages are many. Not only can you stretch your food budget, but you get free exercise, fresh air, the possibility to slow down and connect with yourself and the nature around you. Bring your kids, your dog, a friend or two, and spend some quality time away from the Internet and your telephone.
However, when you go foraging you have to be sure you know what you are doing. You need to learn to identify the plants you want to forage. The best way to get familiar with the plants is to tag along with someone who has been foraging for a long time and knows the local plants in your area. You can also sign up for a course if you don’t know any foragers.
When you first start, it can be a bit overwhelming with all the different plants available to you. It’s a good idea to start with one or two plants. Learn all you can about them, and be sure you can identify them correctly. Then, when you get comfortable with those – learn another one. Here you can also read more on how to learn to forage.
I know from my own experience that it’s actually a hurdle to use the plants too. It takes time to get really comfortable with a plant and learn different ways to prepare it. In this article you can learn how to blanch the stingy nettle. There is no point in foraging, if you don’t know what to do with the plants after you have collected them. So make sure you also look up some recipes before you head out in the woods.
There are lots of simple plants to start foraging for. Like dandelions, wild berries, stingy nettles, hazelnuts and bishops weed, just to mention a few. I have written a short e-book on foraging for the stingy nettle. It is totally free, and you can download it here.
In this e-book I walk you through how to forage for one of the easiest plants I know of – the Stingy Nettle. You will learn:
- What nutrients it contains
- Health benefits
- Where to find and identify it
- When and how to pick it
- What to do if you get stung
- Some ideas on how to prepare it
- How to conserve it
So, get to know some of the edible plants in your are and start foraging – like Jimi Hendrix did too!