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Bring forest flavors to your plate with new foraging webpages

Bring forest flavors to your plate with new foraging webpages
Wild blackberries. Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR.

From Michigan DNR

What does summer in Michigan taste like? Pop a fresh, juicy blackberry warmed by the sun into your mouth and find out. Rich morel mushrooms, sweet and smoky maple syrup and intense sumac and juniper are among the flavors you can find when you step into Michigan’s outdoors.

Get in touch with the seasons and bring the flavors of the wild home with the help of a new foraging section on the DNR’s website. These webpages share information about different varieties of wild berries, the basics of maple sap collection for syrup and tips for morel mushroom hunting.

“Every spring, we get tons of calls and emails asking what you can pick on state lands,” said DNR Land Use Program Lead Matt Fry. “This information will help people forage safely and responsibly.”

On state-managed lands, the fruits of plants may be harvested, including berries, nuts, tree fruits and mushrooms. However, to protect plant species that often take years to grow and reproduce, you may not harvest whole plants. Foods gathered on state lands are for personal use only. Properly identify anything you take from the wild and eat at your own risk. Over time, more information on foraging will be added to the webpages. Soon, you’ll have the tools to turn a tangle of young dandelion greens into an herby quiche, brew a fragrant cup of pine needle tea or grill a swoon-worthy morel mushroom flatbread over hot coals.

Want to get started? Check out the foraging page for more information and resources. Go to: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_104319—,00.html. Or go to michigan.gov/dnr and in the search bar type “foraging for wild food”.

Have foraging topics you’d like to hear about? Share suggestions with Rachel Coale via email at CoaleR@Michigan.gov.

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