WHAT I "URBAN FORAGE" FOR
Thank you @ChrisK, adore this. I grew up eating off the land where I lived: Every morning meant running outside to discover some new herb or flower or fruit. It's unnatural to me to have zero edible connection to the place I call home, even in a city. So I started paying attention.
- •Urban foraging is, first, a mindset:
- •I commit to noticing what's growing around me, and what, of that, is edible.
- •In urban and suburban locales, that's most often:
- •Herbs (most commonly rosemary, sage, oregano).
- •Flowers (most commonly roses, lavender, jasmine, citrus blossoms).
- •Fruits (in LA: loquats, figs, citrus of all kinds).
- •Fringe items (miner's lettuce, lamb's ears, comfrey, calendula, apples, pomegranates).
- •Forage intelligently: Be aware that much of what you see may be a) on private property, unless you are in a street or park area, or b) sprayed with pesticides.
- •Forage responsibly: Consider how the item foraged fits into the ecosystem of the place where it's picked. In LA, a virtual desert, what is required to grow roses, figs, rosemary?
- •The foraging mindset keeps me close to the pulse of the earth beneath the concrete. Which, most days, is really all I want.