Foraging in Central Park

04/06/2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

Report and photos: Caity Wadler

On Saturday, April 6, NYWCA members and guests soaked up some springtime rays and put their hands in the dirt to pull up some delicious treasures. Wildman Steve Brill returned by popular demand to lead this foraging tour of Central Park. Garlic mustard, burdock root, and Japanese knotweed were just a few of the wild foods we found hiding in plain sight. Wildman Steve also brought along some foods he had prepared to illustrate the culinary applications of our discoveries– think burdock root jerky and vegan garlic mustard pesto. Adventurous cooks and eaters in the group harvested plentiful and flavorful wild vegetables for weekend cooking projects. Zoe Mikhailovich planned the event. Learn more about Wildman Steve at, and find him on Twitter @wildmanbrill.


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