Taste Nature’s Delicious Flavors With Home-Delivered Foraged Food

Natural and exciting ingredients can now be ordered from forest to front door via subscription boxes.

Jul 25, 2021
Taste Nature’s Delicious Flavors With Home-Delivered Foraged Food | Natural and exciting ingredients can now be ordered from forest to front door via subscription boxes.

For those always eager to try out new things and to experience exciting flavors that come directly from Mother Earth, foraging subscription boxes can provide the wild ingredients no traditional supermarket stocks on its shelves.  

Oak leaf tea, acorn coffee, and pine pollen syrup are just a few of the seasonal exotic ingredients foodies can now access thanks to projects such as the Forage Box. This delivery service collects exotic ingredients very few people know about, and sends them to its subscribers monthly. This way, everyone can surprise their loved ones with delicious meals that taste of nature.

“The flavors are big and bold – that’s the point. The idea is to show there’s a lot more going on when nature gets to farm it,” said Jim Parum, creator of the Forage Box, to Positive News. Since he started the project, he spends his days foraging for exotic ingredients in environments such as the countryside, forests or along the coast. 

The idea of Forage Box is not to send out meal kits but new ingredients, so boxes generally include information and instructions for cooking with these wild items. Delicious and inspiring recipes also can be found on the company’s website. To offer added value, 1 pound from every box ordered is donated to help fight hunger in the UK. 

Underlying this project is the belief that nature has a lot to offer and can provide us with much tastier, healthier and more sustainable ingredients than the supermarket. The idea works because this philosophy is gaining many more followers around the world, with people looking for ways to contribute to the challenge of climate change while living healthier lives. 

Organic food, once a niche market only available in specialty health food stores, now has a much more mainstream following worldwide. In the United States alone, it reached 50 billion dollars in value in 2019, up from 13.26 billion in 2005. This represents growth of nearly 300 percent over this period, according to online statistics database, Statista.

Many people today are seeking alternatives to food systems based on monoculture and industrial farming. For them, foraged food might offer a more diverse, plant-based and seasonal diet, Pebble Magazine, a UK magazine for sustainable living, details.

Miles Irving, an internationally renowned wild food expert, author, and public speaker, said: "For us, wild food is a very powerful way to reconnect people with land, and in doing so to provide all sorts of benefits to physical, mental, emotional and community health”, Pebble Magazine points out.

It seems that it is worth giving foraged food a try to experiment with the way you eat. Foraged food can be a great way to support nature and reconnect with it, while tasting the unexpected and unexplored flavors that uncultivated natural settings have to offer.

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With a love for fashion, technology, self-development, nature and communication, Daiana is a freelance writer. She is the creator of an online community platform dedicated to providing inspiration and information on trends, developments and positive impact initiatives in the world of Sustainable Fashion.