Urban Foraging: Eating and Growing Weeds in Berkeley

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First off can I just say: I love The Bay Area.  This video is split into two sections, the first part is a tour of urban Berkeley that Mark Bittman takes with 2 U C Berkeley professors: Phil Stark and Tom Carlson. They go on an urban foraging walk to discover that, basically all those weeds in between sidewalk cracks and in people’s front lawns or even growing by creepy abandon buildings are mostly edible, some of them are even tasty, all of them are free (just be sure to wash them first).

Bittman also discusses how “weeds” are finding their way on to menus of many fine dinning establishments, Chez Panisse probably being the most famous.

The video then switches focus from urban to rural and to Green String farm where Bob Cannard has being growing weeds for 30 years.  It’s fascinating and provocative.  What are these weeds that we keep trying to kill with chemicals, oh they’re food too?  But I thought they were bad?

Watch it, share your thoughts.


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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