Foraging In Prospect Park

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START: 11:45 AM July 3, 2011
END: 4:00 PM July 3, 2011


Prospect Park is a great place for wild foods, and the summer is an especially rich season. Herbs and greens abound throughout the park. On this tour with Steve Brill, you’ll be finding goutweed, poor man’s pepper, hedge mustard, purslane, lamb’s-quarters, lady’s thumb, Asiatic dayflower, wood sorrel, and sheep sorrel, in locations throughout the park.

Moist areas contain jewelweed, a cure for mosquito bites and a preventative for poison ivy. The edges of trails and overgrown areas abound in burdock, one of the few root vegetables in season from early spring to late fall. Sassafras grows in open woods, and this is the only park with prickly ash trees, used for the lungs in Chinese traditional medicine.

After a lunch break, you’ll search for black raspberries growing in thickets in the woods, and along the edges of paths. This native species is among the best fruits in the world.

CALL (914) 835-2153 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a place. There is a suggested donation of $20. Meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance of the park. For more information click here.

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