Wildman Steve Brill celebrates 37 years of foraging with a romp through Inwood Hill.
Inwood Hill Park is one of the best places for foragers to search for wild foods in late spring. The city's hilliest park, with a large, mature forest, meadows, thickets, and cultivated areas, it's loaded with edible and medicinal wild plants.
Red, white, and pink mulberries are at their peak now. Too perishable for commercial use in the US, you can get a spectacular harvest simply by shaking the branches over a drop cloth. Related to figs, these sweet berries are especially tasty and nutritious.
With lots of rain beforehand and a bit of luck, gourmet spring mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms, chicken mushrooms, fairy ring mushrooms, and wine-cap stropharias may be emerging.
Meet at the playground at Anne Loftus Playground, Dykeman St. and Broadway, which is not in Inwood Hill Park, but across from the Dykeman St. stop of the A Train.
Waterproof boots strongly recommended. Register in advance.