Urban Foraging in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

On October 10th, a beautiful morning even if the slightly overcast sky and the occasional drips of water threatened more rain, I set out for Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I took part in a group hike through the park with the goal of foraging and learning about foraging in this urban parkscape. The group was led by Leda Meredith, author of “Botany, Ballet, and Dinner from Scratch,” as part of Green Edge NYC’s urban foraging series.

Stepping into the park, I wasn’t sure what to expect for the next 2 and half hours. What I came to realize, though, was that this city is not devoid of edible plants even though it is not as “natural” as people may perceive it to be. My own family members were skeptical that we would find anything when I told them about it later.

The parks of New York turn out to have not only edible greens, but species that are good for medicinal and seasoning purposes too. Leda told us about dandelion leaves, epazote, gingko leaves and nuts, and many others.

For a better look at what we did, watch this video I made:

Check out Leda’s website here and Green Edge NYC’s here.


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5 thoughts on “Urban Foraging in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

  1. The video cuts in midsentence on me talking about conifers. What I said was “We are NOT talking about…hemlock” etc. The tree we were discussing was a pine, not a hemlock or a spruce.

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