Walking is great exercise, but it can also be an opportunity to gather nutritious foods. Nutrition Diva talks with foraging expert John Kallas about wild foods that you can find even in urban neighborhoods.
Walking has many benefits, everything from strengthening your bones and muscles to brightening your mood. And with a little guidance and practice, walking can even improve your nutrition.
Whether you walk in urban parks, suburban neighborhoods, or forest trails, chances are that edible plants are growing along your route. Learning to find and identify them can turn a walk into a fun and nutritious treasure hunt.
John Kallas is the author of a multivolume book series called Edible Wild Plants, and the owner of Wild Food Aventures outdoor school in Portland, Oregon, where he oversees a wide range of research and educational programming. John has degrees in biology, zoology, education, and nutrition, and a lifelong passion for wild plants. He joins the Nutrition Diva podcast today to talk about the art and science of foraging.
In our conversation, John shares:
- Why someone with regular access to a supermarket (or farmer's market) might go looking for edible wild plants
- The best types of environments for beginners to forage in
- Plants you probably didn't realize were edible
- The nutritional value of wild foods
- Safety concerns
- Tips for successful foraging
Click the player above to hear the entire interview.
You can learn more about John's research, educational programs and books at WildFoodAdventures.com