Hunt for Wild Edibles Along the Appalachian Trail with “Wildman” Steve Brill

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At 11:45am on Sunday, September 8, America’s go-to guy for foraging, “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Appalachian Trail in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.

 

The group will explore America’s most famous hiking trail, which runs for hundreds of miles from Maine to Georgia. Don’t think the whole stretch will be covered in one day, but this portion, The Mohawk Trail section, is loaded with a great variety of vegetation of late summer, and many of the plants are edible and medicinal.

 

Many wild herbs and greens do great in late summer. Brill and his group be looking for spicy poor man’s pepper, spinach-flavored lamb’s-quarters, succulent purslane, string bean-flavored Asiatic dayflower, lemony wood sorrel, and mild-flavored lady’s thumb, all of which grow in disturbed sites and along the edges of trails. Together, these greens will make the best salad you’ve ever tasted.

 

Most roots are out of season until autumn, but burdock is an exception. It is good to eat spring, summer, and fall. The large, deep taproot tastes like a combination of potatoes and artichokes.

 

Sweet cicely, with a root that tastes like black licorice, is in season spring, summer, and fall, and lots of it grows here too.

 

If there’s been rain beforehand, the group could find gigantic gourmet chicken mushrooms decomposing trees stumps, or logs, or meadow mushrooms coming up in lawns or in fields. A variety of other fungi, from chanterelles to boletes and black-staining polypores, may also surprise.

 

The three hour walking tour begins at 11:45am on Sunday, September 8, at the parking lot at the intersection of Cornwall Bridge Road and River Road in Cornwall Bridge. The suggested donation is $20 for adults and  $10 for children under 12. Please call (914)835-2153 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a place.

 

For “Wildman’s” 2013 tour calendar and additional info, visit wildmanstevebrill.com.

 

Contact:”Wildman” Steve Brill at (914) 835-2153 or at wildman@wildmanstevebrill.com.

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