Foraging is fast becoming a popular hobby in the health food movement. It not only provides a great way to connect with nature intimately and source highly nutritious natural foods, but foraging is also the perfect way to spend the day being physically active while having fun.
Plus, it’s the perfect activity to keep up with shelter-in-place guidelines!
With restrictions in place throughout the summer — such as social distancing — it may be time to seek out new outdoor activities that assure you won’t bump into anyone else or allows for you to properly distance if need be.
Foraging fits the bill!
While the act of foraging is mostly about “searching, identifying and collecting food resources in the wild, including herbs, plants, fruit, nuts, [and] mushrooms,” the entire process also involves the art of “cooking, preserving, and eating” those nutrient-dense foods that you’ve spent the day (or days) hunting down! Foods foraged directly from the soil are generally much “richer in essential vitamins and minerals,” which means those plant-based meals you cook at home with foraged foods will also provide a boost of nutrients.
Some of the most widely-known and safe foraging foods include wild greens, — dandelions, stinging nettles, miner’s lettuce, and lamb’s quarters — wild fruits, — persimmons, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, and strawberries — wild roots and nuts, — burdock root, hazelnuts, pine nuts, and acorns — and wild mushrooms, — chanterelles, morels, and maitake.
Before heading out, make sure to do your research! There are a lot of wild plants out there that can make you incredibly sick and therefore it’s essential to find a great guidebook or even a professional foraging guide if you’re a beginner to the craft.
Get outside and start your foraging adventure this summer! When you get home, try creating some of these forage-friendly recipes.
We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Whole Foods Archives!
1. Dandelion Greens Dressing
Source: Dandelion Greens Dressing
Dandelion greens are one of the most popular foraging foods. Not only are the plentiful, easy to identify, and tasty, but they’re also super nutritious! This Dandelion Greens Dressing by Karielyn Tillman is made creamy with cashews and sunflower seeds and flavored with lemon, turmeric, and a bit of salt.
2. Coconut and Raspberry Ice Cream Bites
Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be sweet too! This Coconut and Raspberry Ice Cream Bites recipe by Stefani Weiss is a great recipe to use foraged raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Great for those hot summer days when you need a little cool, tasty relief.
3. Nutella Milk
Source: Nutella Milk
Depending on where you live, hazelnuts may be on the foraging menu! If you’re lucky enough to find a few, get them home and make this Nutella Milk recipe by Harriet Porterfield. This rich, tasty, healthy treat is infused with hazelnuts, cacao, dates, and protein powder.
4. Chanterelle Mushroom Butter
Source: Chanterelle Mushroom Butter
Chanterelle mushrooms are a delicate treat and one of the most popular mushrooms to forage. This Chanterelle Mushroom Butter recipe by Lilia Jankowska is a super unique way to enjoy those forage chanterelles! Thickened with oil, tawny port, tomato paste, and nigella seeds, yet flavored with garlic, cayenne, thyme, salt, and pepper, this is a decadent alternative to nut butter.
5. Foraged Nettle Soup
Source: Foraged Nettle Soup
Stinging nettle has long been used to create tea, stews, and soups. This Foraged Nettle Soup by Josephine Watmore takes those lovely stinging nettles, mixes them with aromatics such as onion and garlic, and thickens it up with coconut milk, vegetable stock, and rapeseed oil.
6. Foraged Blackberry and Apple Galette with Cornmeal Crust
What better way to celebrate a successful day of foraging blackberries than with this super tasty Foraged Blackberry and Apple Galette with Cornmeal Crust recipe by Jenny Marie?
7. Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are completely underrated! They’re filled with flavor, rich with oil, and offer a unique spin to any dish — raw, pulverized, or baked. This super simple Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts recipe by Lydia Filgueras mixes foraged pine nuts with powerhouse spinach for a quick, easy, and nutritious meal.
8. Morel Mushrooms With Butternut Squash Pasta
Morel mushrooms are not only great to forage, but they also offer a meaty, texturized, satiating addition to a great plant-based dish. This Morel Mushrooms With Butternut Squash Pasta recipe by Claire Ragozzino is incredibly filling! With nutrient-loaded butternut squash, a slew of aromatics, and a dandelion-based pesto, this is a forager’s dream recipe!
9. Superfood Kale Salad
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When it comes to those foraged greens, such as miner’s lettuce or dandelion greens, you can get as creative as you want in the kitchen! From lettuce wraps to soup to smoothies. With that said, if you really want to up the nutrient-density of your meal, think about creating a concoction such as this Superfood Kale Salad recipe by Medha Swaminathan. This combines those incredibly lush, nutrient-dense greens with a slew of superfoods for a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!
10. Persimmon Parfait With Hazelnut Crunch
Did you know you can forage for persimmons? If you live in the right area, you’ll find a plethora of these sweet fruits. This Persimmon Parfait With Hazelnut Crunch recipe by Kuteer and Trisha Zanasi mixes those foraged persimmons with foraged hazelnut for a straight-from-the-Earth dessert.
11. Dandelion Green Smoothie
Source: Dandelion Green Smoothie
12. Mushroom Carnitas Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema
13. Creamy Polenta with Caramelized Chicory
Chicory root has a very distinct taste, therefore if you’re planning to forage and enjoy them, make sure you’ve got a recipe picked out to complement those strong flavors! This Creamy Polenta with Caramelized Chicory recipe by Julie Van den Kerchove is an excellent way to use chicory root to the best of its ability.
14. Strawberry Banana Oatmeal
Source: Strawberry Banana Oatmeal
Keep foraging simple with classic strawberries! You know what they look like, how they taste, and how to enjoy them. Give your forage strawberries some partners in crime with this Strawberry Banana Oatmeal recipe by Kirsten Kaminski. Super sweet, filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and a delightful way to start your day.
15. Mulberry Crumble Pie
Source: Mulberry Crumble Pie
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