A few weeks ago I collaborated with my friend Julie on an article about foraging for the latest issue of Joie Magazine. We wanted to share a bit of our collective knowledge and encourage others to consider adding foraged foods to their menus from time to time. Putting my thoughts on the subject to paper has kept foraging in the front of my mind and I've been having a little mental conversation with myself about it. It's obvious that I love it, but why? And why is it important to me that other people try it too?
For one it makes me feel closer to nature. Feeding myself from food I've harvested by hand is an intimate act, one that inspires a sense of thankfulness and wonder in me that a microwave burrito doesn't. I like having access to special food that I couldn't otherwise afford. Not to say that foraging is so much of a frugal thing. Yes I may be able to find lobster mushrooms for free in my woods but it takes time and effort to find them, clean them, and cook them. Do I still think it's worth it? Yes.
I think people should understand where their food comes from, and too often we don't. I also think that people are moved to protect things they love. If people loved dandelion jelly perhaps they wouldn't be spraying their lawns with chemicals trying to kill them.
There's a lot to think about, for me, and I don't want to get political or preachy. I'm just sort of thinking out loud today.
If you haven't, please stop by the latest issue of Joie - issue 5, and have a read. The entire mag is beautiful and I think you'll enjoy it.