One of the basic rules for harvesting and eating wild foods is to “Know Your Source.” You definitely don’t want to be ingesting anything that you know is an edible food, but comes from a contaminated or tainted source. Foods that grow in or around water are one of the main areas of concern (one of the reasons you should avoid eating fish caught in Colorado’s rivers and lakes unless they are in the most pristine settings – any location where motorized boats are allowed would be unacceptable for harvesting food items).

But, here’s an article discussing the number one source of calories consumed in the U.S. It completely took me by surprise, but the fact that dangerous levels of mercury are present in this “food” source is even more alarming!

How does this relate to our Wild Edibles field trips?

We explain guidelines which will help you determine for yourselves what guidelines you need to impose when seeking for and harvesting wild foods. Our field trips are held in an area which we consider safe for harvesting, but we begin the field trip in an area which is completely unsafe for harvesting and we’ll explain why.

Hope this linked article is helpful for you.

-Tracy

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