Foraging for your dinner
Oregon’s forests, particularly those in the west, thrive with edible plants and fungi that are safe for human consumption. Take note, however, that some are highly toxic and must be avoided. State and national forests and parks throughout Oregon offer guided educational tours about foraging to explain what can and cannot be eaten. This is a safe way to learn about wild plants before you forage your own. Using a guidebook specific to Oregon is also helpful. With instruction and information, you’ll be able to identify and properly harvest edibles such as blackberries, fiddleheads, salmon berries and chanterelles.