111 People Share What They Found While They Were Foraging

Strolling under a canopy of leaves, inhaling the smell of trees and earth, and watching how forests and meadows flourish with life all teach you one undeniable truth — Mother Nature is a gift that keeps on giving. Basking in the great outdoors acts as a balm in anxious times, as spending just 20 minutes connecting with the greenery can help lower stress levels. But apart from its therapeutic effect, it offers us so much more than that.

If you ever come back from the hedgerows carrying a clump of plants or emerge from the woods with a heavy handful of mushrooms and fruits, you know it can also make your stomach happy or, at least, full. And although attitudes toward foraging — identifying and harvesting wild foods — have been fearful for a long time, this seems to be a thing of the past.

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Just take a look at these two delightful and informative corners of Reddit, the ‘Foraging’ and ‘Mushrooms’ communities. Members of these online groups enthusiastically take advantage of everything their local area can offer and share their beautiful discoveries with everyone online. We wrapped up an exciting collection of pictures featuring their best finds to share with you all, so continue scrolling! Upvote your favorite ones, and if you’re a fellow forager, be sure to share your passion with us in the comments below.

#1 My 10.5 Year Old Lab Recently Learned To Truffle Hunt. So Proud Of Him!

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#2 Eating My Morel Pasta Alone After Failing To Convince Any Of My Family To Try It. Somebody Please Appreciate It With Me

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#3 Made Some Ice Cubes With Freshly Foraged Lilac. Looking Forward To Some Summer Cocktails With These!

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#4 This Counts As Foraging, Right?

I drove to Maine and collected 10gal of seawater, boiled it down over the course of 3 days, and got 2 quarts of sea salt.

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#5 I Harvested Cloudberries In The Arctic Last Week!

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#6 Me With My Baskets That I Made From Foraged Willow – I Took Them To Take Pictures Now That The Willow Is Leafing

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#7 My Favorite Wild Raspberry Site Is Being Bulldozed To Build Some Houses ? So, I Rescued As Many Plants As I Could! …does It Still Count As Foraging If I Transplant Foraged Plants In My Yard?

So, I rescued as many plants as I could! Does it still count as foraging if I transplant foraged plants in my yard?

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#8 When You Know Where The Blueberries Are

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#9 First Noble Fir Pine Cone Of The Year In Denmark. So Tender, So Delicious!

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#10 Found Salmon Berries, Wine Berries, Osoberries, And Red Huckle Berries All Within A 5 Minute Walk Of My Front Door!

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#11 Salmonberry Season Is Crazy This Year!!! Yum!! I’ve Never Seen Them This Big And Tasty Before

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#12 Massive Bolete

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#13 Aloha From Hawaii! This Is By Far The Coolest Things I’ve Ever Foraged

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#14 I Made Nettle + Wild Garlic Soup Today, With A Spring Garnish

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#15 Had To Repost Bc Of How Cute It Is

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#16 Foraged Some Mushrooms Today And Then A Weird Primate Tossed Broccoli At Me

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#17 This Is The Time Of The Year Of High Temp And Nice Grapes. Grandpa’s House Has Great Bunch Of Grape

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#18 I Was Just Walking Down A Trail And Saw 2 Small White Truffles Poking Out Of The Ground

I couldn’t believe it when I cut it open and saw that beautiful marbling! Incredibly lucky find.

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#19 Every 4 And 5 Leaf Clover I’ve Found In My Garden During Quarantine

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#20 Having My Cake And Eating It Too!

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#21 Good Friend Found The Mother Load

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#22 Here In Hungary, Elderflower Is Everywhere In This Time Of The Year, So We Went Out To Get Some For My Mother’s Elderflower Syrup

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#23 What Is In There?

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#24 So Today I Have Found A Couple Dozens Of Asparagus Or So

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#25 This Is The Amount Of Salt I Got From Rendering Down Just Under 2 Gallons Of Clean Sea Water. Banana For Scale

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#26 I Made Honeysuckle Ice Cream And It Was So Good It Almost Made Me Cry

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#27 Made Fried Chicken Of The Woods Sandwich With Foraged Chicken Of The Woods

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#28 Poaching Isn’t Just A Crime That Affects Wildlife

Two USFWS Federal Wildlife Officers (FWO) recently stopped palmetto berry poaching on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The officers recovered nine, 200 lb bags of berries that have a high market value.

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#29 When The Mushroom Gods Bless You With A Huge Bolete And It Turns Out To Be 100% Bug Free

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#30 Made A Galette With Wild Blackberries, Lavender, And Chocolate Mint

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#31 Found Some Chicken

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#32 New Favorite Fermented Drink: Unripe Pinecone Wild Soda

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#33 Found Some Porcelain Fungus, I Haven’t Tried Cooking Any Yet But They Are Fun To Look At. Anyone Tried?

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#34 The Trifecta: Mushrooms (Porcini And Butter Boletes), Berries (Mixed Vaccinium Species), And Trout (Westslope Cutthroat). Foraging Goals While Backpacking In The Mountains Last Summer!

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#35 Spring Has Sprung

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#36 I Made Bread From Acorn Flour, Cattail Starch, Salt, And Water. NY Z6

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#37 Friends Dad Found This

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#38 These Were All Surrounding One Dead Elm

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#39 Mushrooms Are The Most Beautiful Living Thing

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#40 Had To Get Past The Woodland Blackberry Guardian Before I Could Pick The Berries Today

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#41 Midwestern Forager’s Pb&j: Black Walnut Butter And Black Raspberry Jam

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#42 Salmonberries Starting To Get Ripe Along The Pacific Northwest

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#43 A Fungal Zombie Deer Emerges From The Leaf Litter. Please Roll For Initiative

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#44 I Made A Acorn Shaped Mushroom Pendant

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#45 My Younger Son And I Harvested Almost A Bushel Of Very Large Chesapeake Bay Oysters Yesterday

Sunday night dinner will be fried oyster po’ boys on homemade rolls with remoulade, oven potatoes, and a mess of greens from the garden.

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#46 Eye Of Sauron Shroom

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#47 Saw This In Another Sub, Figured It Belonged Here!

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#48 15 Km Walk In The Arctic Tundra And I Gathered 15kg Of Porchini. Enough To Eat For The Whole Winter And Share With Neighbors. Bilberries Were My Snack

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#49 Stumble On A Blueberry Field

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#50 My Uncle Found A Huge Puffball Mushroom

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#51 Found A Nice Little Ensemble In The Woods Today

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#52 Collected Some Wild Honey From An African Bees Nest. Got 4l Worth!

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#53 I Got This Omelette Goody Bag When I Visited My Bff’s Homestead

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#54 Why I Love Fall Foraging

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#55 We Found A Few Chantrels Yesterday

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#56 My First Chicken Of The Woods! 15 Lbs

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#57 This Ramp Sourdough Took Me Literally All Weekend To Make, Between Foraging The Ramp Leaves And Making The Damn Bread. Thought It Deserved To Be On My Finest China

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#58 Little Private Oyster Feed At An Oyster Bank In Denmark

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#59 Nothing Better Than A Bucket Of Alaskan Blueberries

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#60 Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

Here is my celebratory breakfast of pawpaw rice pudding and maple syrup sweetened sassafras tea. I collected the pawpaws and the sassafras and my parents made the maple syrup.

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#61 Today Was A Good Day! Brought My 71 Year Old Father Out For His First Time Picking Mushrooms

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#62 17” Wide Oyster Mushroom Collected By Me On Wednesday

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#63 And My Favorite Season Has Started In The Arctic

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#64 Amazing Find In The Smokey Mountains!

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#65 Thought Someone Might Enjoy !

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#66 Found A Bleeding Tooth Aka Hydnellum Peckii For My First Time Last Fall! Isn’t It Cool Looking?!

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#67 Prickly Pear Harvested In A Quick Makeshift Basket Today. Any Recipe Recommendations?

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#68 Sometimes You Have To Take A “Mental Health Day” And Just Get Lost In The Woods

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#69 Stumbled Upon Some Rose Hips On My Walk Today. Filled My Pockets Up With 700 Grams

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#70 Your Girl Foraged For The First Time

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#71 The Stump Carvers Near Me Have Leveled Up

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#72 Lemon Trees About A Mile Walk From My House Behind A Swamp. As Far As I Can Tell Nobody Else Harvests These

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#73 Neighbours Garden

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#74 Never Thought I Could Combine My Favorite Summer Activities, But This Is Me Picking Blueberries On A Kayak

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#75 I Finally Painted Mushrooms On A Mushroom Using Only Mushrooms

Blond morels, painted on an artist conk, using the ink produced by shaggy mane specimens.

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#76 Parasol Mushrooms On The Cornish Coast

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#77 I Always Get Jealous About All The Mushroom Picking That I Can’t Do In South Texas But At Least I Get Prickly Pear!

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#78 Freshest I’ve Found

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#79 Hubbs: “Why Haven’t You Weeded The Yard?” Me: “Do You Mean The Salad Patio?”

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#80 Not What I Was Hunting For, But At Least I Still Put Dinner On The Table

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#81 I’ve Been Encouraging A Wild Strawberry Plant To Grow In Our Garden This Year. It’s Got The Tiniest Strawberries!

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#82 First Boil Of The Year, Pure Minnesota Maple Syrup!

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#83 Flower And Morel Breakfast Tacos

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#84 The Ultimate Foraging Hat? Nah, Just Giant Polypore (Meripilus Giganteus)

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#85 Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina Hepatica) – Looks Like Premium Quality Wagyu – Tastes Delicious (After Cooking)

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#86 Wow! Chicken On A Massive Oak, My Son Was Very Excited To Check It Out

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#87 I Walked The Dog And Came Back With Extra Stuff

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#88 Not The Biggest Yield, But Still A Fun Experience

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#89 Largest Morel I’ve Ever Seen

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#90 It’s Oyster Season Baby!

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#91 Late Autumn Haul!

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#92 Donut Shroom… Not Broken Grew Like This!

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#93 After Three Years Of Searching I Have Finally Found My First Morel!!

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#94 Cloudberrys Above The Polar Cirkle, Norway

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#95 Coral Mushroom Ramen

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#96 A Few Oregon White Truffles We Found This Afternoon

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#97 100lb Hen Of The Woods Pull – Can’t Find Birds Like This In The Grocery Store

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#98 Just Found This Sub From A Cross Post. Thought You Guys Would Like My Chanterelle Haul From Last Season

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#99 Another Day Well Spent

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#100 Good Day In The Forest

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#101 Wild Bloobs! Harvested In Baskets I Made This Winter

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#102 Salmon Berries And Western Hemlock Tips

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#103 In My Own Backyard

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#104 Found This Beauties In My Forest

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#105 Golden Guttation Under The Caps Of Candy Apple Boletes. Southern Illinois

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#106 Hope This Fits In This Subreddit… Foraging For Carmine Dye (Cochineal Bugs)

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#107 During Midwinter In NY Z6 When There Is Little Foraging To Be Done I Like To Process The Acorns From The Year. Today I Had Acorn Bread!

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#108 I Present To You: Tomato Of The Woods

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#109 Now For Something Different: My Sister Foraged This Summer’s Cicada Shells For Her Bff’s Soapmaking Business

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#110 Foraged Some Cotw So I Made Japanese Chickotw Katsu. Scratch Made Curry And Double Battered Mushies

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#111 So Happy With This Amanita Muscaria Var. Guessowii I Made. Polymer Clay And Acrylic Paint

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