That is until I met "Wildman" Steve Brill and went on his urban foraging tour. For an hour and a half, we ranged about Forest Park in Queens, digging in the understory, plucking leafs and twigs, and experiencing the park with a new sense – taste. In addition to sharpening my tongue to the flavors of the forest, the tour opened up my eyes to a whole new way of seeing the woods. Even with the cursory knowledge of edible plants I gleaned from the tour, the forest scene in front of me suddenly popped with delectables; this experience was much like when I started to learn birdsongs, and the meaningless din of tweets became a symphony of identifiable species. I have been an avid birder ever since, and perhaps the Wildman has convinced me to find more of my daily fodder on the forest floor.
If you would like to join "Wildman" Steve Brill on one of his outings, check out his website for a calendar of events, an encyclopedia of edible plants, and recipes for cooking them.
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