Recently I taught a basic foraging class (if you attended, thank you so much) and there were a lot of questions I had never thought about. So here I will share with you the questions and my answers to springtime foraging.
Question: When do you start preparing for spring foraging?
Answer: Groundhog’s day.
Answer: February still gives me enough time (1 month) before I start really foraging. So I have time to review my notes from last year and map out my sites for this year.
Question: How does one prepare?
Answer: I take really good notes the last season, so I review those for the best areas.
Then I map out which areas I will go back to and areas I want to explore. And I make sure I have enough bags, boxes and space for my upcoming haul! I usually have to clean my drying racks and make some small repairs to my bags.
Question: What if I am foraging for the first time?
Answer: Ask around! There are plenty of foragers out there, you just need to talk with them.
Question: How do I find someone?
Answer: Honestly, Facebook is a great place. And your local farmers market or Co-Op. And anyone can come follow me around! Ha, ha!
Question: What is the easiest spring plant to forage?
Answer: Garlic Mustard. It’s a terrible invasive, and it’s everywhere in the Midwest. So you will get a plant that tastes lovely and you are doing ecological good!
Question: What can I do with Garlic Mustard?
Answer: I only use the leaves and dispose of the roots. I use it instead of parsley on chicken or garlic mustard pesto. I have even been known to put it in a salad for a little pizzazz.
Next week, I will share with you my garlic mustard identification tools and pesto recipe. And we will talk about how it is basically Satan’s favorite plant.