As the cold wind starts sweeping through the streets and harvest season comes slowly to an end, I am delighted by how much I have learned about foraging in the city this year. I have picked my share of chanterelles, blueberries, and Saskatoon berries but this summer I really started to grasp the abundance of food that grows in inconspicuous plots and trails in the city.
There are apple and pear trees, blackberries, pin cherries, cranberries, juniper berries, and raspberries. Wild strawberries timidly grow across golden raspberries fields (yes, golden!). Saskatoon berries and blueberries are plentiful enough that could likely feed the entire St. John’s population! My forage-expert friends also pick several varieties of cooking and medicinal herbs, which is something I want to learn more next season.
These foraged treasures have been made into jam, smoothies, desserts, and eaten fresh right on the spot. I am thankful for friends that took me on walks and showed me what can be found in the heart of the city. All this fare was growing just steps from my home and on the Grand Concourse paths. I learned that once you know what to look for, an open mind and eyes are all you need to find the most fresh and tasty morsels. What was the most “exotic” edible you have found growing where you live?