We tried to forage dinner from a city park, and here’s what happened

The idea that food can come from, like, the ground should be obvious, but is actually something of a revelation for the average city-dweller. (Cut to every human throughout history shaking their heads and muttering, “How did things go so wrong?”) Even as urbanites go, I’m particularly hopeless in the fending-in-the-wilderness department. The only time I ever went “camping,” I ordered takeout from the nearest town. I’m not kidding.

To try to resolve this embarrassing ineptitude, Grist set up an instructional tour of a Seattle park (because I’m clearly unprepared for real outdoors) with Nate Summers, an experienced forager and educator with the Wilderness Awareness School, to learn how to feed oneself hyper-locally, waste-consciously, and resourcefully. Here are a few of the lessons we learned:

That’s the botanical incarnation of evil, amirite? It’s as if Voldemort were a fruit. Don’t eat that.

Alright — now that we’ve got the survival stuff out of the way, let’s get to eating. Summers came over to Grist HQ for a casual cooking demonstration, and proceeded to feed a few lucky staffers a series of delicious treats including wild greens pesto, fruit leathers, and blackberry sauce. Lucky for you, we captured his culinary secrets on camera! Tune in tomorrow for the first treat.

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