Along with engaging in an organic food lifestyle, there are a number of people who recognize the value of returning to the roots of their primitive ancestors and so have acquired the skills of foraging. Considered to be hiking with a food focus, foraging is a physical engagement with nature that involves actively unearthing the myriad of edible, wild foods produced by mother nature. These wild foods are unprocessed by human farming practices and are engineered in the environment. Foragers know that nature proffers an authentic, organic food experience.
Seasoned foragers will attest that foraging is a skill that anyone can develop; however, they caution novice foragers to accouter themselves with knowledge regarding poisonous plants. Experts at Wild Edible further suggest that neophytes partner with proficient foragers while in the greenhorn stages of learning about edible, wild plants. Additionally, gleaning compendious knowledge about plant habitat, companion plants, and seasons of plants will aid the inexperienced forager. Furthermore, fledgling foragers can round out their training by acquiring conservationist practices such as limiting the amount of harvest to protect and respect the plant populations as well as circumnavigating rare and endangered plant species.
Mother’s Day, a day notably steeped in admiration, affection, and appreciation is also a fortuitous occasion that burgeons amidst the loamy, mellifluous terrain of Spring. While Mother’s Day is not commonly associated with foraging activities in modern times, it can be an opportunity to extrapolate nature’s loving bounty. The act of foraging, itself, can be an invitation to our moms to join us in a jaunt through nature where we uncover the hidden, edible gems so prolifically produced. Foraging can encourage us to slow down our frenzied activities and enjoy the sheer pleasure of spending quiet, discovery time with our mothers.
If our moms are less apt to hike through the woods, we can still incorporate a bit of foraging into the day by creating a Mother’s Day feast sated with foraged findings such as non-poisonous mushrooms, wildflowers, indigenous berries, and more. Starting
with an ornately arranged grouping of wild flowers, we can offer our mothers a twist on the standard Mother’s Day bouquet. We can then provide our moms with a chilled glass of iced mint or sassafras tea composed from the elements found in nature. Before the feast commences, we can bestow our mothers with wildflower crackers coated in savory mushroom pate made from the mushrooms we picked that morning. After the appetizer, we can provide a salad of mixed picked greens and dandelions, followed by a cream of nettle soup. Accompany the soup with fresh, homemade bread slathered with wild garlic pesto. Lastly, complete the meal with a mixed berry and rosehip crumble along with acorn coffee.
If we incorporate foraging into our Mother’s Day festivities, we are bound to clearly and deeply express our love for our mothers by sharing our affinity for mother earth. The time, tenderness, and creativity of a thoughtful, foraged Mother’s Day feast will pulse with invaluable, unparalleled gifts for the much-deserving mothers in our lives.
*Wild flower image from The Gypsy’s Travel Journal
*Wild mushroom image from My Backyard News
*Fruit foraging image from Naturali