Most people know there are wild foods in the meadows and woods, but they don’t know how to identify them. Even fewer know how to harvest and use them. Some are even afraid of them. According to David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified: “There are few things that strike as much fear in your average [person] as the mere mention of wild mushrooms . . . [But] once you know what to look for, it’s about as difficult to tell a deadly Amanita from a savory chanterelle as it is a lima bean from an artichoke.” This applies to wild plants, as well. If you know what to look for, Nature provides abundantly and the Maritime provinces are blessed with a surfeit of wild edible foods. In fact, our family resides on a semi-remote wooded homestead and as much as 25% of our food is foraged from the wild meadows and forests. And this is a skill you can learn, too.
Join us this August for our fourth wild food foraging class of the season and learn about the late season edibles: fruits, seeds, mature vegetable stages, and some of Nova Scotia’s delicious edible mushrooms.