Knife + Pen

Foraging

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

We’re back where we started, cooks are going back to the root of it all and scavenging for wild plants and herbs. Cheap and plentiful, it is surprising what edible goodies are underfoot.

But there’s a catch, unless you’re lucky enough to live and work in a lush rainforest or a state park, you’re left searching in a sea of concrete. It turns out that for the urban dweller, the pickings aren’t as slim as you might imagine.

You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find- lately we have been investigating our own concrete jungle using the Foragers Handbook, based in Kent it is a good one for this side of the world. The restaurant I’ve been staging at (remain unnamed until I get the chef’s permission) uses items found in this trusty guidebook quite a bit, Flowering Nettles, Chickweed, Elderflower, Penny Wort, Violets, and Nasturtium that the staff find in, parks, gardens and pathways.

I’m looking forward to hanging out with Chef Rucker and seeing what H-Town has to offer.

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  1. I am interested in seeing what H-Town has to offer as well, you better follow-up post. Someone told me I can eat one of the weeds that is overtaking my curbside, it supposedly has lots of nutrients and is good in salads. . . I don’t believe it though, I will have to send a photo and get your expert opinion.

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