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Thursday, February 18, 2010

If Portland Has an Urban Wild Foods Database, Why Don't We?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge Say you had a hankering for loquats: You'd know exactly where to score. - URBAN EDIBLES
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  • Say you had a hankering for loquats: You'd know exactly where to score.
We long for a user-friendly online database to conveniently catalogue everything we like ― pick-up basketball runs, fishing holes, and soda fountains, to list a few ― and we're pleased to learn that, increasingly, what we want actually exists. Here's a food-world example San Franciscans might feel: When they're hard up for fresh figs, eager foragers in Portland, Ore., hop online and zip over to Urban Edibles, a Web project focused on collecting, mapping, and organizing the city's best sources for foraged edibles. From dandelion greens to patches of wild berries to plum trees with untapped bounties, the site reveals the lush array of produce a large city can provide its frugal and resourceful cooks. Along the way, it also reveals and enriches the community of foragers who enthusiastically write in to share their sources. Here in the Bay Area, "wild" dinners and foraging tours are becoming as common as cioppino, and this sounds like a concept in need of expansion. Any takers?

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