Wild Foods Day is celebrated on October 28 every year and is a special feast for gourmets. Wild foods have recently gained high popularity and are served in expensive restaurants due to their more refined taste than cultivated fruits and vegetables.
Wild food has been around for over 40 million years and people have long been engaged in gathering the various edible species. In the world, there are about 2000 species of edible mushrooms, including medicinal ones. Through natural growth, wild fruits are more nutritious than farmed products, due to natural processes of plant survival such as releasing unpleasant odors to deter predators. Wild Foods Day was first mentioned as early as 1974 and is believed to have been founded by Ewell Gibbons, who has several books on the subject.
- Agriculture has only been around for 10,000 years.
- A person can survive on wild asparagus, berries, bamboo, bird eggs, and grapes.
- Jasmine added to tea can have a positive effect on the body.
- Geranium is added to many dishes for piquancy.
- Violets often brighten up the dish due to their mint-like flowers.
How to take part
If you want to take part, go to nature and find wild food! Look around and you’ll find a variety of wild food growing even within the city. It is important to be careful when collecting fruits and mushrooms and, if you are unsure of their safety, it is best to take a specialist with you.
When is Wild Foods Day celebrated in 2023?
Wild Foods Day is observed on October 28 each year.