Ancient food future food, Foraging in the forest garden and seeing everywhere as a forage garden
When I take people foraging, I have two principles that I hope to inspire them with: That there is food everywhere we go and there is food every day of the year.
In the forest gardens we pick at least 40 different plants everyday of the year for a soup or a salad, in the early summer it can double to over 80.
It seems no coincidence that almost every living plant and animal is edible or useful when we know how. I have long stopped asking, “Can I eat this?" and now ask, "How do I eat this?”
“Our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food” (from Hippocrates). I have been realising over the last few years just how true this is when foraging in the forest garden and surroundings. I have a soup or salad almost every day of the year and find ingredients in my home forest garden or in the environment I happen to be in.