Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, I can remember the lessons passed on from my grandmother as she walked me through the forests picking berries and other edible plants as well as her cautionary tales of what to avoid. It’s a time-honored tradition that was passed down from her mother and father and it served her and her family well during the great depression. Living off the land doesn’t just have to be something only locals can experience. Thanks to Wild Food Foraging Tours, you too can experience what it’s like for a lot of the locals who’s roots are deep in the heart of the mountains.

Photo Courtesy of No Taste Like Home

Photo Courtesy of No Taste Like Home

Wild Food Foraging Tours: No Taste like Home Wild Food Adventures has been operating for twenty one years, offering an educational opportunity for those seeking a more immersive experience into the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Appalachia. With one of the richest and most temperate ecosystems on Earth, there is a diversity of wildlife and plant life to be discovered.

The tour begins with a walk into the forest as the tour guide shows you which plants are edible. You gather what you find and return back to civilization where you cook up a sampling of what was found. At the end of the tour, you have the option to use your ingredients to cook your own meal or have one of their eight partner restaurants transform your find into a delicious dish such as wild mushroom pizza or daylily tamales. It all depends on what you find along your travels.

Not only does this serve as a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids, but a highly educational experience as well. My memories of my grandmother are ones that I carry with me to this day and Wild Food Foraging Tours allows you and your family the same opportunity to make those lifelong memories that can be passed down for generations to come.

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