The Wild Foodies of Philly!
search of the food beneath our feet!
edibles are the only truly sustainable food - because they don't need us! We are a
collaborative learning group of wild edible enthusiasts! And we depend on
our members to step forward to host & post
wild edible events on our free
MEETUP Group. No need to be an
expert. Just use the resources below and go out there and find those wild
edibles. We need this group to be as self-organizing as possible. Munch
MEETUP Group for group and private tours
(both free and fee-based are available). Contact Lynn Landes for free private
firstname.lastname@example.org / 215-629-3553
RECOMMENDED BOOK: Edible Wild Plants, A North American
Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias & Peter A. Dykeman
RECOMMENDED ONLINE - "PLANTS FOR A FUTURE" -
- great search feature / large data base
the word with our
calling card &
postcard, or make your own. Put them on
your front door, windows, cars, etc! Also, start your own neighborhood "Wild
Edibles Study Group" see below.
more reference info below!!!
Welcome to The
Wild Foodies of Philly! We are the second largest 'wild edibles' foraging &
MEETUP Group! in the world! This is
a collaborative educational effort. We are a group of wild foods enthusiasts
who came together in the summer of 2010 to learn more about wild edibles, both
plants and animals (although currently we focus mainly on plants).
The Wild Foodies
was founded in response to several serious concerns of the public, to include:
the public's total reliance on cultivated foods, conventional farming practices,
the use of chemicals and GMOs, and the degradation of organic standards. Wild
edibles are surging in popularity worldwide in response to these concerns.
You are welcome
to start your own Wild Foodies of _________ anywhere in the world (or call it
anything you like). We are here to help. You are invited to come on as many
tours as you like. Some are free and some have fees. The more you tour, the
more you'll learn! The important thing is for people to come together to help
each other identify, discuss, and eat wild edibles. We really encourage you to
keep your own scrapbook on these plants and animals. And there's lots of
reference material below to get you started.
Anyone, group, or
organizations can announce a meetup if you live within approximately 50 miles of
Philadelphia. You do not need any knowledge of plants if you are not going to
charge a fee. Your meetup could be just a study group. However, if you need to
control the size of the group, then you must contact me so that I can make you
an event organizer. Don't get too concerned about scheduling a meetup at the
same time as other meetups. Our membership is big enough at this point that it
I do free tour leader training and also lead free private tours on weekdays for
students, chefs, and any other interested groups. I also do free group tours in
the Art Museum/Lemon Hill area.
For other tour guides, scroll down to LOCAL
LynnLandes@earthlink.net / 215-629-3553. Use my cell phone only if
you are late for a tour: 714-204-2690
public about wild edible plants and animals
plants a significant part of everyone's diet
public to landscape their yards with wild edible plants, trees, etc.
get members to
host their own meetups as guided tours or study groups
restaurateurs to offer wild foods and drinks
edible areas in private and public spaces
schools, environmental centers, parks, etc.
world of bug eating,
Entomophagy, as well other wild animals
meetups are great, but we also need to build local 'wild edible' communities
where we live. We have members from several states and surrounding
counties, but no one knows where the other lives! So, please consider starting
a Wild Edibles STUDY GROUP in your neighborhood or region. This is a
great opportunity to meet people who live near you and are also interested in
wild edibles. FOR EXAMPLE, just post a meetup on our page and call it
"The South Philly Study Group", letting people know that your meetup is only for
South Philly residents. You can also start a photo album featuring your local
members. And, consider posting your meetings on community callendars and local
papers. People really deserve to know about this subject which is so vital to
our health and well being. One of our members started his own group in Bucks
http://www.meetup.com/Wild-food-foraging-in-Bucks-County/, which is
CAUTIONS & ADVICE:
IT: Always be sure of what you are eating. If you haven't positively
identified it, don't eat it. Plant taste can vary due to time of year,
condition of soil, and varying species.
GO SLOW: Eat
in moderation. See how your system processes the food. You could be
allergic. Some greens pack a punch, unlike many waterlogged greens sold in
stores. Many wild edibles are good as a condiment or garnish, not main course.
VEINS – For plants like dandelions, chicory, wild lettuces, the white
central vein might adversely affect those allergic to latex. Therefore,
eat on either side of vein first.
Too much oxalic acid, such as in spinach, is said to interfere with processing
calcium and contribute to kidney stones. However, the U.S. National
Institutes of Health have determined that the negative effects of oxalic acid
are generally of little or no nutritional consequence in persons who eat a
variety of foods.
- Don't forage for food that is scarce. And don't take all the berries! Save
some for others - people and wild life.
FORAGE IN THE
AM - Some people say to forage in the morning when plants are at their best.
AREAS: Avoid certain areas, such as next to roads, former industrial areas,
etc.. Lead contamination from cars or house paint can make plants taste
sweeter. If you want to grow plants for food, have the soil tested. If it is
contaminated, there are plants that can remediate the soil over time.
REFERENCE INFORMATION below:
Plants, A North American Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias and Peter A. Dykeman,
1990 (traditional style field guide with lots of color photos)
A Field Guide
to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America by Lee Allen
Peterson. Also: Peterson Guide, "Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs"
Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants"
by Samuel Thayer (2010). Also, The Forager's Harvest, A Guide to
Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing edible wild plants, by Samuel Thayer,
2006 (much fewer photos than A North American Field Guide, but more
information) ALSO SEE ONLINE:
Doug Elliott -
Nancy Klehm of
Other BOOKS and WEBSITES recommended by our Wild Foodies of Philly:
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL FORAGERS & enthusiasts for education,
restaurants, landscaping, etc:
(E-mail David to be put on his mailing list to buy his foraged foods.)
(Wilmington, DE) --
Brown's BLOG --
Princeton, NJ area -
Tama Matsuoka Wong, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Tama Matsuoka Wong is a forager, weed eater, meadow doctor , lawyer and mother
of three. She is the author of the backyard field guide and cookbook Foraged
Flavor (Clarkson Potter June 2012) nominated for a James Beard award in 2013.
She leads workshops, lectures and events around the country and supplies local
wild foods to the three star Michelin Restaurant Daniel in New York City,
Gramercy Tavern, ACME, Marc Forgione among others.
LOCAL FOOD HISTORIAN:
Anita M. McKelvey
PLANTS & PROJECTS
- Philly area +
Just noticed the Triscuit connection
http://www.urbanfarmi... Not sure about using them and their corporate
partners who have worked against real foods, so use with caution.
Please work with your local urban garden folks and others to also grow & harvest
wild edibles, because many are already there!
list of wild plants (edible and not) in Philadelphia:
http://www.weedalogue.com/, plus reference list --
http://www.weedalogue.com/links.html We're reorganizing it for
easier use. See below --
GENDLER'S LIST- (He takes great photos, but only a few of the
plants are listed as edible plants, we will be working to identify all the
edible plants. We're only about 1/3 through Gendler's list. (July 25, 2010)
http://www.phillyorchards.org SEE MAP -
Food Harvest Map -
http://maps.google Created in the
summer of 2007 by David Siller, a farm educator for Weavers Way Farm, it now
has dozens of entries, including ones with charming notes: "nice apple tree -
get it before the kids do" and "feral hops on the dog park fence."
GENDLER'S LIST of Philadelphia's Wild (not all edible) Plants:
CONSTRUCTION!) The photos are great! This is list is being re-organized to
make identification for the beginner easier. So far, many of the plants to
not include information on edibility. We'll work to identify those plants, or
although this list is in dispute. We're only about 1/3 through Gendler's
List. (July 25, 2010)
Hurley, Ph.D. Ursinus College
email@example.com Do you gather wild
plants or mushrooms in Southeastern Pennsylvania? We’d like to talk with you.
For more info:
Wild Foodies recommended list of MEDICINAL BOOKS:
A Field Guide
to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson
Field Guides) by Steven Foster, James A. Duke and Roger Tory Peterson
Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven
Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know,
Grow, and Use by Rosemary Gladstar
Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal and
Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World's Most Effective Healing Plants
by Tieraona Low Dog, Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, and David Kiefer
pretty much just small critters and insects (entomophagy)
natural toothbrushes from trees -