Want to go foraging? Here’s Hank Shaw’s checklist:
●Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes and a hat (for tick prevention).
●Protect yourself with insect repellent (recommended: Ultrathon).
●Carry an empty backpack for bringing home your haul.
●Bring kitchen scissors or a pocketknife for mushroom and greens harvesting.
●Store your finds in small plastic or paper bags to keep foraged items apart from one another during transport. Mushrooms will be fine in a closed paper bag in your refrigerator for up to a week.
●Don’t forget a fully charged smartphone so you can do a Google image search on what you’ve found, or a GPS in case you go too far off-path.
●Always carry a bottle of water.
Shaw says a good first step is to go foraging in your own yard and learn what greens grow wild close to home. Unless, of course, you use chemical weed-abatement products; then, you shouldn’t eat anything that grows on your property. The same goes for parkland and other public places: If pesticides are sprayed regularly, it’s not wise to eat anything from that habitat.