Confessions of a Closet Forager

Wild Mustard Greens A

It’s a great feeling to see stuff about people hunting for wild mushrooms, gathering fiddleheads, and cooking up wild greens. As a kid I learned from my grandparents and parents to pick young, tender wild mustard greens and enjoy them sauted with garlic in olive oil. Of course normal people in LA/OC didn’t wander through undeveloped lots to gather wild greens to eat, so this was an entirely undercover enterprise. At times, I felt that we should be wearing disguises while we foraged. God forbid should any of the neighbors or my classmates from my elementary (and eventually), high school recognize us. But I do find it amusing when I see items I’ve gorged on for free, featured as side dishes on trendy, expensive menus.

Currently, it’s the wrong time of year to get tender wild greens, but I’ll write about them again in the spring. I’ll share where to find them, how to pick them, my favorite recipes, and I’ll make sure to include pictures.

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