stalking the wild asparagus

This one’s for you, Dad!

If you don’t know who Euell Gibbons was (I didn’t), let’s just say he was an expert on wild edibles (he died a year before I was born). Growing up during the Dust Bowl era, his mother taught him how to forage. In the 1960s he was well known for his views on natural, wild eating — he wrote the book Stalking the Wild Asparagus about the subject.

This seems to be my new favorite subject. Though I remember back in high school, on a sort of outward-bound-lite camping trip, eating clover leaves on my solo night when my tummy was grumbling for lack of food. They didn’t fill my belly, but they did plant a seed in my mind for a future passion.

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yesterday’s brooklyn foraging tour

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