When I first heard that we would be going out to forage, I was beyond delighted!
Imagining that I would be out there, identifying leaf, stem, and root after the other I thought that I’d really be something out there. Especially since we got to go through some foraging books the night before; I had read a little about what to look for, what to avoid, and I had almost memorized a few of the plants.
Being out foraging I though that I would really be going back to my Indian heritage, or at least trying to connect. To say the least I was excited and optimistic!!!
When my group began our foraging, I headed straight for a clearing of grass where I knew we should have been able to easily pick out a few edible plants. But after trolling around in the same area for 5-10 minutes, I soon realized that I had no idea of what I was doing. All the green just started to run together, and when I thought I had something I was quickly let down because to me; everything looked exactly the same!
Thus within this short 10 minute I quickly got a little depressed. So I began to think, hmmmm, the book said lots of things grow by the stream. So I took my group down the thigh high grass hill and proceeded to try our luck down by the water. To my dismay I still couldn’t find a darn thing. Looking at other groups though, their bags already had loads of stuff while ours only had what we hoped was an edible plant.
So not only my lack of know how, but then the humidity, O the humidity! It really began to take a toll on me both physically and mentally. And so about 30min into it, my spirit and level of optimism was completely depleted.
Though the idea of foraging and getting your own food sounds like a great way to go; without the right knowhow its almost impossible to have a very productive first day. I do believe though that if I had practice I’d get the hang of it and would almost consider making it a hobby. Or if I had been raised, learning how to identify various plants then I’m sure I would have had a much better experience.
All in all though my verdict is that foraging can be the struggle of struggles!