Would you believer 20% of New Yorkers are urban foragers? That’s an estimate made by the U.S. Forest Services.
Urban foragers look in parks, along roadsides and even empty lots for food that can be picked and eaten fresh or cooked.
While it can be illegal to destroy plants in NYC Parks, Park Officers have become tolerant towards foragers who behave with care and attention to the well being of the a park.
The parks in NYC foragers most frequently visit are Central Park, Prospect Park and Inwood Hill Park.
It’s best to do a short foraging course before diving in because there are some plants that are poisonous and so it’s obvious you need to be good at identifying plants before you take the next step and eat them.
Go to 66 Square Feet and here Steve Brill for 2 excellent NYC foraging courses. Steve Brill also has an app that you can use to identify plants which takes the pain out of concern you’re not getting it right.