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Forage without fear

Joe Phillips

I used to maintain a healthy fear of wild mushrooms, a phobia shared by most people I meet. The consensus is that eating fungi from the ground can kill a person in minutes, if not at the very least ruin their day. For me, that opinion changed when I had a chance encounter with an elderly Lithuanian while taking a leisurely hike through the forest. Now, I can sauté my fear in extra virgin olive oil and pinch of salt. And it is delicious.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is beautifully written, Joe. Glad to be introduced to your blog. It's pretty wonderful what foods are naturally available to us. It's a shame not everyone is as informed as you about how safe some food is to eat. I met a naturalist once and he taught me a lot about certain wildflowers you could eat- and they just seemed like weeds. Wondering what other awesome things we can eat that may seem poisonous at first glance.