Urban foraging: How to dig for your dinner in the city and suburbs

Pic from The Guardian

Wander along Melbourne’s Merri Creek and you’ll spot plastic bags caught in the trees like deformed flowers and the odd abandoned shopping trolley.  At first glance it seems an unlikely place to find the food for your dinner – but that’s the idea behind urban foraging.  It’s a movement that’s been led by some of the world’s most well known chefs like Rene Redzepi at Noma in Denmark who serves rose-hip petals foraged from the countryside around Copenhagen and Ben Shewry from Melbourne’s Attica where a meal could include wild native saltbrush leaves picked beach side at Ocean Grove.

Dishes at Attica
Dishes at Attica

But foraging doesn’t have to involve journeying for hours to find untouched ingredients growing in pristine wilderness.  Edible weeds and plants are right under our noses in our cities’ parks, bike trails and creeks.

Click on over to The Guardian for the rest of the story…

Foraging picture from The Guardian
Foraging picture from The Guardian

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