5 Ways to Connect

Real Simple
May 2020

Foraging is the original multigenerational activity — ancient families gathered food together. It’s better than hiking because you stop seeing the forest as a solid green wall and start seeing its details: morels, ramps, edible flowers, asparagus, berries, nuts. But don’t pick without permission – or try anything until a professional guide (there are many offering tours around the country) has told you it’s safe. Painting or drawing your discoveries is cool too, and kids often love making spore prints with mushrooms.

Alan Muskat is the founder of No Taste Like Home, a foraging eco-tour company in Asheville, North Carolina.