Over the next two hours, just in the city centre, we find over 25 edible plants including bay leaves (“Just pick a branch and hang it in the kitchen and let it dry”), rowan and hawthorn berries, crab apples, beech nuts and wormwood – the fragrant plant that is used to flavour absinthe.Other resources for this type of foraging are:
- The Institute for Culture and Ecology, which has articles on foraging in and around Seattle, Washington.
- Falling Fruit, which has interactive maps of locations for foraging around the world.
- First Ways, a blog on urban foraging.
- Urban Edibles, which is a database of forageables in the Portland, Oregon area.
"Urban foraging" also includes scavenging food or other items from dumpsters or, as Freegan.info describes it: "Alternatively known as trash picking, gleaning, dumpster diving, scavenging, salvaging, or curb crawling, urban foraging is the act of recovering useable goods discarded by retailers, schools, homes, businesses, construction sites – really anywhere anyone is throwing away goods that shouldn’t end up in a landfill. Frequently recovered items include clothing, food, furniture, computers, appliances, books, videos, DVDs, office supplies, lumber, tools, toys, umbrellas – just about anything you can buy in a store." The latter site has tutorials and informative articles on how to safely and legally forage in the urban environment.