October 28, 2013

National Wild Foods Day

“And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.” - Matthew 3:4

It's National Wild Foods Day!

Wild foods are things like fruits, vegetable, fungus, herbs, grains, game, etc. that are found outdoors growing naturally (and don't need to be processed in anyway before being eaten). In Maine, for example, we are infamous for harvesting fiddleheads - which are a fern - that grow wild on many people's property. However, some folks don't realize that they need to be cooked (steamed, sautéed, or boiled) before being eaten (trust me on this one; I once ate them raw in a salad and was sick for the rest of the day). Segue...

It's probably not in your best interest to take some John Locke-esque walkabout today and chow down on the first thing you come upon that looks edible, especially if you aren't trained in proper foraging.

So how you can celebrate today?

Purchasing "wild salmon" from your grocer is one way. If dandelions were still growing, I would suggest picking some and eating them - the whole thing is edible! You could go the "easy" route and purchase some wild rice. And, even though we're at the end of October, it is still apple-picking season. So, head to your local orchard, climb a tree, and enjoy some of the best fruit in the world right from the branch!

Happy National Wild Foods Day!