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You Will Need
- A plant reference book
Learn about the plants that grow wild in your area and are edible. Your local Horticultural Society or librarian can help you.
Locate foraging areas
Locate areas with natural plant life. Even large cities often have parks where edible wild plants can be foraged.
Bring a book
Bring an illustrated plant reference book with you to help identify plants and determine whether they are safe to eat.
Know the edible parts
Make sure you know which part of a plant is edible. Sometimes the roots are edible but the leaves are not, and vice versa.
Know what to avoid
Do not eat unknown plants that have a milky sap or a sap that turns black when exposed to air; are mushroom-like; resemble onions, garlic, parsley, parsnip, or dill; or have carrot-like leaves, roots, or tubers.
Wash before eating
Wash foraged food before eating it, especially anything picked lower than waist high.
Don’t be greedy
Don’t be greedy: Don’t pick every single berry, nut, or plant from an area--leave some for your fellow foragers!