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Thursday
Oct252012

Fall foraging

I watch a fabulous two-year-old on Wednesdays who is very into foraging. I’ve shown her the seasonal joys of loquats, mulberries, figs, Mexican plums and flowers galore. We walk around—sometimes she wears her wizard hat—and talk about wild and cultivated garden goods. 

(Their family planted their very first herb and veggie garden last month, too!)

Yesterday we met a man named Billy out on a walk with his pup, Danny Boy. He directed us around the corner to his burgeoning pecan tree and we stuffed the stroller with as many as we could find. My charge, who I was informed wouldn’t try them previously, found them delicious!

We also found this gem. A pomegranate!

What kinds of things are you foraging this time of year where you live?

Reader Comments (8)

What is it? :)

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheena

Plums and pears! We've just passed prime season for them, but so fun while it lasted! We found an old pear tree in an empty lot across from our house and my friend found some old plum trees out on the edge of her property. They'd gone undiscovered for years until some brush was recently cleared and they were absolutely loaded with beautiful Italian plums!

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeka

looks like a POMEGRANATE to me...we're foraging porcini and various other exquisitely good wild mushrooms...but then living in the boot-shaped peninsula on the Mediteranean helps what with mountains at our back and wonderul chestnut tree forests

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaula feldman

wow, for me pecans and pomegranates are exotic things! Here in Germany we'd be on the lookout for rosehips this time of year - although I think it's almost too late already.

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterP

Pecans, walnuts, perssimons and I found some rose hips, but didnt keep them. Im not for sure exactly what to do with them besides make jelly.

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I take my 4-year old on foraging trips around our neighborhood. One neighbor has an overly-generous fig tree, and invites foragers to share in the bounty (how lucky are we?) Most of our foraging is in our own yard, though, and we're still taking off cherry tomatoes in our Seattle garden.

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Pecans which I candied and added to a delicious salad! Also saw some delicious looking persimmons on campus but couldn't muster the courage to grab a few with all the students walking by.

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

We are always looking along the pathways during our hikes. This weekend we found a HUGE patch of rosehips! So exciting. High in vit. c, we jammed our pockets (unprepared, but eager) and dehydrated them to make tea. We may go back and get a few more to make a rosehip and wine jelly :)

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Karanfilis

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