Foraging, Food, and Myth: Edible Weeds - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Foraging, Food, and Myth: Edible Weeds

1 hour
$25 per device
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$25 per device
$25 per person
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What We’ll Do

Foraging is for everyone, everywhere. Popular forest edibles like ostrich fern fiddleheads and ramps (wild garlic or leeks) may be the poster children for the movement, but healthy, tasty hyper-local food can be gathered from the wild whatever your "wild" is.

During this 90-minute event we'll begin by breaking down the bad reputation of the "weed" and invasive species, and reconsider these useful plants in terms of their potential as urban, sub-urban, and marginal land food foragables. The dandelion family, mint family, goutweed, and roses will be covered plus a host of other plants with uses from salad greens to alternative grain

Your hosts Felicity and Ryley will also be exploring some of the history and myth surrounding these plants, including the rose as a symbol of affection, why dandelions are called "fairy clocks," and how mint relates to the Classical Greek god Hades.

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Felicity Roberts and Ryley Bucek
Felicity Roberts and Ryley Bucek

Felicity Roberts is an herbalist, urban farmer, food and cocktail writer, textile artist, and passionate home cook who gets excited about discovering simple, low tech, and environmentally friendly ways to grow, gather, and prepare food. Her knowledge of Newfoundland's landscape and foods is matched by an eclectic knowledge base acquired from a decade spent hitchhiking, farming, and cooking around North America with notable stops in British Columbia, Texas, and Maine. She has been featured on NPR and is an Atlas Obscura trip guide.

Ryley Bucek is an avid forager, chef, and naturalist who is currently working on an organic farm in the maritimes after working in kitchens across Canada. They enjoy experimenting with creative ways to cook and preserve wild foods, including fermentation, smoking, and drying. They are endlessly fascinated by the ways people use plants across different cultures and bioregions. Their approach to foraging is informed by folklore and reciprocity with local ecosystems.

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

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