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Many parts of the woods and fields are edible

A field guide for the hungry forager

Foraging expert Russ Cohen showed the edible properties of burdock, a plant best known for its spiny barbs that stick to your clothes and pets in the fall. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
June 29, 2009
BROOKFIELD — The recipes in Russ Cohen's book may not be the easiest to prepare in a survival situation, but will certainly impress your friends at your next outdoor barbecue.

Author of "Plants I Have Known… and Eaten," Cohen shared his foraging expertise with a crowd of more than 20 individuals Thursday, June 25, at a wild edibles walk at the Simon/Broz farm on Rice Corner Road in Brookfield.

The event was sponsored by the Opacum Land Trust, which actively works to preserve land in Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, the Brookfields, Warren, Brimfield, Wales, Holland, Monson and Palmer.

Before the walk began, Cohen, who has more than 30 years of foraging experience, explained the basics of looking for, and collecting, wild edible plants.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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