Who doesn’t like free food?

August 3, 2009 at 12:44 am 3 comments

I’ve had these pics on my computer for a while now, but I’ve been trying to document my adventures in urban foraging.  Almost a month ago, I spent the afternoon finding wonderful free food, like elderflowers, wild garlic scapes, wild grape leaves, mullberries, wild cherries, and black raspberries.

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I couldn’t help but brag about this when I visited my friend Alex in Toronto, so we went on an urban foraging walk.  And so I present to you:

Things you don’t expect to find in a park in Toronto.

Namely, food.

Like Mint

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IMG_0064Wild Strawberries!

IMG_0063then your teas, lavender and bee balm

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And finally, your edible weeds like Lamb’s Quarters, which can get up to 4 ft tall and are delicious steamed like spinach

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And plantain, the young leaves (2 inches long for the skinny ones and 1 inch long for the broad-leafed ones) of which are delicious fried with rice (especially stuffed into wild grape leaves).

Before I left, Alex promised me he would try some guerrilla composting, because of the garbage strike.  I’m not sure if he did, but I love the idea of him digging his veggie scraps into the ground in a park where there are tennis courts, before stopping for a strawberry snack.

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  • 1. Robyn Harvey  |  September 1, 2009 at 2:38 am

    we made elderberry jam. Its hard to get pickers to concentrate. The birds are distracting or they eat everything. Do not break Elder branches. the one that I planted in the park got diseased from careless breaking by pickers and hikers. And always leave 2/3 for new bushes next year and birds.

    I am going to try propagating Elder seeds.

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    • 2. livinglime  |  September 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

      yummy! did you leave any elderberries for me robyn?

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  • 3. ponny2009  |  July 28, 2011 at 6:44 am

    These look absolutely delicious. It’s so much tastier to pick up the berries by yourself!

    Ron

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