Foraging has exploded in popularity in recent years, informing everything from skincare to cocktails. Now, intrepid travelers are planning their trips around foraging.
Following an unusually wet winter in the Pacific Northwest region of the US, the New York Times published a primer for first-time mushroom foragers in February. “This season’s boom in mushrooms dovetails with increasing numbers of people interested in plucking them out of the ground,” the Times wrote. It’s “a whole lot of fun, and a fine reason to plan a trip.”
Luxury travel agency Black Tomato offers multiple foraging excursions, including an afternoon on a traditional 40-foot schooner in the Lofoten Islands of Norway, where participants catch, clean and prepare cod, and a private truffle-hunting expedition in Italy led by a local forager.
Airbnb offers foraging experiences, including a popular seaweed foraging trip in California. The 90-minute sea foraging experience teaches basic phycology (marine algae science) and sustainable harvesting techniques. The experience culminates with a bowl of traditional Japanese ramen made with the freshly foraged seaweed.
James Beard Award-winning chef and cookbook author Hank Shaw leads three-day culinary hunts in Oklahoma through his company, Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook. The experience teaches participants how to hunt and prepare game and waterfowl for eating. The $2,000 hunts (which include lodging, hunting and chef-prepared meals) often sell out in 48 hours, the New York Times