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Questions tagged [foraging]

Questions about obtaining food(s) from the outdoors. This often takes the form of collecting plants, fruits, or mushrooms.

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How can I identify wild edible plants of southern and eastern China?

What wild edible plants can be found in southern and eastern China? I have combed through various search queries but keep finding information on North American flora. Are there any good resources ...
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Is there a backpacker's guide to edible plants that is very light?

Several decades ago, we were three days from the trailhead with no food. Let's not get into why that happened, please. It is too embarrassing. We had to slog through snow for two days, but on the ...
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What types of wild foods are protected from foraging in the Swedish Lapland forests, and how is the status decided?

There's a question on the site seeking information about foraging food in Sweden. One of the answers says any wild food in the forests of Swedish Lapland can be foraged and removed except "protected" ...
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Foraging food in Kungsleden/Kebnekaise/Sarek (SWE) region in summer

This summer I will (once more) go for an extended trek in the very north of Sweden (and/or Norway). The region we'll likely end up in will be around the big trekking routes Kungsleden/Padjelantaleden/...
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What UK mushrooms will kill you?

I've recently gotten into foraging for mushrooms locally and have been happily eating field mushrooms and giant puffballs (these are absolutely delicious if you can find them BTW). I was reading a ...
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Collecting plant foodstuff in the Canadian wilderness of Alberta during winter?

Context: I'm writing a story that will have two people forced to spend the winter (late November to mid-February) in the middle of a forest (Alberta, Canada). They'll have food but it'll be mostly ...
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How to clean picked berries?

After picking berries, you are often left with a pail full of berries, some leaves, some sticks, pieces of stems, sometimes little white worm creatures and some dirt. Is there an easy way to clean a ...
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What are good locations to find wild strawberries?

Wild strawberries are very tasty, but I have only ever found them by accident. What locations would be good starting points to look for them?
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Is it practical to tap a tree for syrup on an overnight stop?

We have a couple of questions about the legality of and how to tap trees to get sap. Tree sap is the source of sugary syrups like Maple or Sycamore. The sap can then be evaporated over a fire to ...
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Processing the fruit of chequers/wild service tree

How do I process the fruit of the wild service tree? I know the berries need to be subjected to frost before they can be dried and consumed. Can I harvest them early and stick them in the freezer ...
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How do you tap a tree for sap?

Related to this quetsion Tree tapping in the UK - Time and legalities. I have never tapped a tree. How do you do this? What equipment is involved, etc?
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Tree tapping in the UK - Time and legalities

Is it legal to tap trees on public land in the UK? I'm thinking of tapping sycamore trees in a local wood on an overnight trip in the spring. Also, am I correct in the assumption that the last week ...
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How do Plover sentinels give the “move out” signal?

During my usual weekend morning jaunt along Del Monte Beach in Monterey (California), I noticed for the first time the Plovers, who normally seem to forage nonstop, actually taking a communal break. ...
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Are almond fruits edible?

I went to get almonds at Walgreens and my friend said he would get me a bunch from the beach. And he proceeded to give me 4 almond fruits. I had seen these many times on the trees (here in San Juan ...
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Why / when to limit how much you gather?

I've often read and been told that with foraging less is often more. Whilst you may need X kilograms of a berry or flowers (like elderflowers) you should never pick a bush clean. How can you ...
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Are Hawthorn berries edible?

Being a bright red berry the old saying about avoiding red berries sticks to mind but I do remember reading that Hawthorn berries, or Haws, are edible... Is this true? Is there a seed to watch out ...
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How to start foraging in the UK?

For someone who has never done it before, what is the best way to start learning how to forage in the UK? Do you require anything specific to start doing this?
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Are there any inedible seaweeds on the UK coastline?

So I'm quite into foraging, and seaweed (the real thing not chinese take away stuff...) is supposedly very nutritious for you and very easy to forage up, but are there any seaweeds which are not ...
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What locations am I likely to find sloe bushes?

After reading @Aravona's question on the best time to pick sloe berries, I was wondering where I should actually go to find sloe bushes. I think I can recognise them from pictures online, but are ...
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What time of year is best to forage sloes in the UK?

What is the best time of year and conditions required to pick Sloes, in the UK, for gin and jellies?
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How do you eat nettles?

In my other question Can you eat dock leaves? How can they be prepared? @ThatIdiot says: ... the stinging nettles are one of the best forage foods out there. So how do you prepare these? What ...
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Can you eat dock leaves? How can they be prepared?

Are dock leaves/rumex edible? They're on of the most common plants we see in the UK (that and stinging nettles) and I find myself wondering how if I could eat them. I've been told before that you ...
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Where/how can I catch American signal crayfish in the UK?

American signal crayfish are a delicious invasive species in the UK. I'd love to catch and eat some but I'm unsure how to go about this. Where/how can I catch American signal crayfish in the UK? I'...
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What should I bring home foraged mushrooms in?

I've read a few books about gathering wild mushrooms as it's something I'm interested in exploring, and all of them stress the importance of using a wicker basket to transport the mushrooms so that ...
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Is wild garlic edible? How do you prepare it?

Driving into work this am, the woods were full of wild garlic, you could actually smell it in the car. I've always presumed that it is edible but I'm not 100% sure. Can you eat wild garlic? Which ...
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What are the best resources for learning about foraging?

Having recently moved the country (North Wilts, UK) I am really excited by the idea of getting out into the land and foraging for food and to brew with, but I have no idea where to start. I don't ...
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What is a good source of vitamin C in the wild?

I know I could just carry a bottle, but scavenging is much more fun. What is a good source of vitamin C in the wild? Have spruce needles really got enough?
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What are some natural glues found in North American nature?

I'm curious how one could get/make some glue when in the wilderness. How did the Native Americans do it?
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How can I identify edible berries/fruit from poisonous?

How can I identify edible berries/fruit in the wide and avoid the poisonous varieties? Is there a general guideline that can be followed or is specific to each plant?