for·age (verb)ˈfôrij,ˈfärij to search widely for food or provisions
Purposeful foraging is fairly new to me. I mean, I've always loved picking berries besides creeks during hikes, but to go out with the purpose of picking wild foods for cooking and preserving later...well, that's a recent addition to our kitchen adventures. One of the books that has inspired me is Foraged Flavor.* You can also see some good foraging guidelines, written by Alexandra Risen, in one of my posts for the #UnearthedParty that was timed with Risen's book release: here.
We've foraged fiddlehead ferns, miner's lettuce, and pine needles for an evergreen tisane; I even cooked with Japanese maple leaves, making Momiji Tempura with them. So when I saw a tree teeming with elderberries, I made a note to go back with the boys.
They cooperated to clip and collect about 8 C of elderberries.
At home, we rinsed and let them air-dry. You'll see these in a few upcoming recipes.
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