If you are interested in learning more about edible and indigenous plants around you, Hobnob found two ways to go about it. You can learn to forage from a local expert, or download the app that does a lot to educate.

’Tis the season for hunting in the woods: plants of all kinds are showing up, ready for plucking. I love the idea of Mother Nature providing food and sustenance. As part of my party plan with inclusion of wild ingredients, I thought this would make a nice accompaniment. See the menu of recipes featuring wild ingredients here. It’s nice to learn!

The Man: Steve Brill can give you first-hand knowledge of identifying native plants located all around the New York City area. Learn to tell something edible from something deadly in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and Putnam counties. He leads tours on a regular basis, with a suggested donation of $20. Check the schedule here, grab a bunch of friends and sign up for an interesting experience.

The App: Wild Edibles Forage
The ultimate foraging guide for identifying plants and downloading high-res images. Wild Edibles is a massive compendium of foraging knowledge suitable for beginners and experts alike. Use this app at home as a quick reference, or in the field as a replacement for cumbersome field guides. You can even add notes and geolocations, so you can find your plants again! This app takes wild edible plants to a whole new level of accessibility. Learn what to do with your finds—recipes are included.

We've got more recipes featuring foraged and wild ingredients in 14 Exotic & Foraged