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A walk in the forest with your family during a pandemic lockdown may be just what the doctor ordered in terms of exercise and a diversion from our COVID-19 fatigue – and you might find something good to eat.
However, if you are going foraging – searching the wilds for food – do it with caution and responsibility, says chef, forager and Conestoga College culinary arts instructor Steve Allen.
“Really the only way to forage is to go with somebody who really knows what they’re doing. The first thing I tell anyone is that if you’re looking at a mushroom or a plant that you are 99.99 percent sure was what your grandmother fed you as a kid, you do not eat it!” stressed Allen.
“It is 100 per cent certainty or nothing,” he cautioned.
When he forages, Allen, a Cambridge resident, compares and cross references, often using a National Geographic app. “If my app says it’s this particular thing, I will look in my books and I can say that’s exactly what it is. Then I might check another source as well. Combine different resources, and you can be confident.”
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