Foraging for wild edibles can be a great way to introduce your children to new foods. It can also be a great way to save money. With that said, there are somethings you definitely need to keep in mind. The most obvious of which is knowing what is edible. For example, there are some mushrooms that may look edible but are deadly. Let’s take a closer look at foraging for wild edibles with kids.
Research, Research, Research
You want to spend as much time researching wild edibles as possible. The last thing you want to do is bring home poisonous food. If you’ve never gone foraging before, go with some who has experience. They’ll be able to tell you what to avoid and what’s edible. Take pictures with your phone so that you can pull the pictures up for future reference.
Wear protective clothing
You always want to wear protective clothing while foraging. You and your kids will be walking through heavily grown areas that are home to mosquitos, ticks, snakes (unless you live in Northern Norway like us), and other pests. You want to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Make sure to tuck your pants into your boots. It may be uncomfortable on a hot day, but it’s a lot better than getting bitten.
Use essential oils to keep the pests away
Another great tip is to use essential oils to keep pests away. Peppermint is good at deterring a number of pests, best of all, it can also help you keep cool. Put peppermint oil behind the ears, on the temples, and on the back of the neck. You can also use lavender oil to repel insects. Make sure to test the oils in a small area to make sure there are no allergic reactions
Save the taste testing for home.
You want to hold off on taste testing until you get home. Yes, wild edibles are mostly protected from pesticides and manmade chemicals. However, they are not protected from bird droppings and other nasty things found in nature. Wait until you get home so that you can thoroughly wash everything.
Foraging for wild edibles with kids can be a great way to spend the weekend. Our favorite wild edibles are:
- Blueberries (blåbær)
- Lingonberries (tyttebær)
- Cloudberries (multebær)
- Raspberries (bringebær)
- Red Currants (rips)
- Black Currants (solbær)
- Crowberries (krøkebær)
- Rowan Berries (rognebær)
- Juniper Berries
- Dandelions (løvton)
- Red Clovers
- White Clovers
- Stinging Nettle
Not only will you be spending time together, but you’ll be bringing home foods that your children may have never tried before. You’ll also be saving money. Being able to put food on your table that you gathered out in the wild is truly special.