Five Super Safe & Easy Wild Edibles for the Beginning Forager

I know the idea of harvesting and eating wild edibles makes some people nervous, but I hope that won't stop you from exploring the wonderful world of foraging.

In this short course I'll introduce you to five safe, easy-to-recognize, wild edible plants, that you can find almost anywhere, and that have no poisonous look-alikes! I'll walk you through identification, harvesting, and cooking with each of these flavorful plants. 

You'll learn:

  • my recommendations for five beginner plants that are easy to find and safe to harvest
  • how to extract flavors by infusion
  • how to enjoy nutrient rich food AND pump up the flavor
  • how harvesting can sometimes help the environment
  • a foraging technique for leaching out bitter flavors

You'll have unlimited access to the video course. You'll also get three, downloadable, illustrated PDFs: 

- a complete recipe pack that includes cocktails, soups, cookies, and more, so you can make the most of your wild harvest 

- an illustrated, step-by-step guide for making acorn flour; you'll learn how to turn bitter acorns into flavorful, free flour 

- an identification reference chart with a handy photo of each plant.

After completing this course, you'll be able to enjoy five, nutrient rich, wild edible plants with zero fear. Let me teach you how to forage safely. I'm confident I can inspire you with these five unbuyable flavors.

Here's what you get!

1 Video
1 Survey
1 Text
3 PDFs
0.5 hours
Ellen Zachos
Ellen Zachos
The Backyard Forager

Meet Ellen

I moved to NYC sometime in the last century to be an actor. I know, I know, it’s an age old story, small town girl moves to NYC, lands a role on Broadway, decides she’d rather be a horticulturist, and starts her own garden design, installation, and maintenance business. You’ve heard it many times before.

But seriously, after leaving the cast of Les Miz on Broadway, I went back to school at the New York Botanical Garden and earned certificates in both ornamental horticulture and ethnobotany. For many years I taught at the NYBG on a wide range of subjects (basic gardening techniques, perennials, annuals, orchids, container gardening, house plants) and ran my roof top gardening business.

As I learned more about plants I noticed that many traditional ornamental plants had edible and medicinal histories. I wondered why we didn’t eat hostas any more, and why people planted hopniss for its flowers rather than its delicious, potato-like tubers. Gradually, my interest shifted from plants that were merely ornamental to plants that fed both body and soul: the eyes AND the stomach.

I started out foraging in the garden, because I knew the plants there were safe from potentially dangerous insecticides and herbicides. Soon I ventured out into the wilds of Central Park, the woods of Pennsylvania, the deserts of New Mexico, the islands of Scotland, and the gorges of Greece. In other words, I’m always looking for delicious, free food!

I know foraging makes some people nervous, so here's why you should trust me to teach you how to do it. I’m a Harvard graduate and the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, and The Wildcrafted Cocktail. I'm a certified Master Food Preserver, and I've taught foraging workshops all across the US for more than 10 years. No one has ever died on my watch, and I'm in no hurry to have you be the first! In other words, I promise that if you follow my instructions, you will be safe.

Fresh, free food is all around you!

Learn how to forage safely and confidently, and enjoy the delicious, unbuyable flavors Mother Nature has to offer.

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What others have been saying about this course:

Karen Chapman

Excellent and easy to understand instruction - highly recommended

The closest I've come to foraging in the past is blackberry picking, so I felt really unsure about my ability to safely identify wild foods or know what to do with them once I got them home! Ellen's course has changed all that. Her clear and enthu...