Foraging In Urban Areas

| 5/1/2019 9:34:00 AM


One of the things I loved most about living in a rural area was the foraging - there were practically endless possibilities to pick up something edible, in just about any season. Now that we have moved to the outskirts of a small town, it seems we are more limited in that sense.

Never fear, however. Even if you live in an urban area, you still have many chances to pick up edible goodies, especially during the lush spring season. Greens, fruits, berries, and mushrooms (exercise extreme caution with those last ones) await you. 

Apart from the obvious notion of making sure that whatever you are picking up isn't actually toxic in itself, one big issue about foraging in urban areas is the pollution. Car exhaust fumes, sewage, industrial toxins, and dog poo all present much more frequent health hazards than out there in the boonies. 

When spring rolls around and you see everything covered with tender young greens, make sure you don't pick your dandelions and wild mustard close to the roadside. Take a few steps away from the road to pick comparatively cleaner plants. 

Don't be tempted to pick plants that grow next to water ditches, no matter how lush and green they seem to be, unless you are absolutely sure the ditch directs nothing but clean rainwater. Similarly, stay away from industrial zones. 

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