Hunting edible berries may be just the thing you need! Now that Spring is on the horizon, a lot of people have cabin fever. At almost all times of the year if there are things growing, there will be berries to eat. So, if you cannot afford to take the kids to a national park or one of the places on our lists such as in Texas. Or if you don’t have the time for anything except a quick afternoon activity, berry picking may be just the thing.
A field Trip Anywhere
The best part about going foraging for edible berries is that it costs almost nothing. Find a river, stream, national park, or old dirt road to search. A few recycled plastic food containers, sunblock, water/snacks, and some protective clothing are all you need.
Make sure kids know not to eat any of the berries until you have had a chance to sort them, this is important. So you can ascertain that they are indeed edible berries. This guide will help.
Are a great place for beginning foragers to start! Edible berries are easily identified, and on top of being a fun activity, add to your food stores. This fun activity can actually save you money since berries are quite pricey at the store.
Keep in Mind
- Make sure that the land is publicly owned or that the land owner is okay with you hunting for berries and taking them.
- Make sure that herbicides and pesticides are not being used.
- Ensure accurate identification. Find an expert if needed, if uncertain do NOT eat the berries.
- Everyone needs to be wearing sun protection, and insect protection.
- Store the berries carefully, they spoil quickly if not properly stored.
- Rinse berries before eating them.
Keep the above points in hand, you will have a fun and successful berry hunt. This can be a lot of fun, and some people even make some spare money this way. It is also a fantastic way to explore your local area. Map out your finds with the seasons and you can come back to them year after year. Bring a bit of compost or organic fertilizer and help your patch along if the landowner allows!