50 Times People Found Such Amazing Free Goods In The Wild, They Just Had To Share It (New Pics)

50 Times People Found Such Amazing Free Goods In The Wild, They Just Had To Share It (New Pics)

The practice of collecting wild edible plants and mushrooms has been around for centuries, with people in many parts of the world relying on them for sustenance.

But foraging is back in fashion with more and more people opting for sustainable food sources and ways to connect with nature. From forests and meadows to suburban yards and urban parks, with the right knowledge and skills, foraging can be done virtually anywhere.

So let's have a look at what people found while out foraging and captured in these pictures. Thanks to these three communities on Reddit (this, this, and this one) where foragers shared their treasure, we now have an amazing collection to look at!

Psst! After you are done with this post, make sure to check out our previous article with more incredible foraged goods.

#1 The Amethyst Mushroom Is Like A Galaxy!

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To find out more about the art of foraging which is having a Renaissance of popularity right now, Bored Panda reached out to foraging expert Diego Bonetto.

Bonetto is an Italian native who has lived in Australia since the mid-1990s, who spends his time guiding novices, chefs, and other professionals through the parks and outskirts of Sydney looking for hidden-in-plain-sight ingredients. He is also a renowned author of a best-selling book “Eat Weeds, a field guide to foraging: how to identify, harvest and use wild plants,” which shows people how to engage with wild food sources, transforming your neighborhood into an edible adventure.

#2 Oh Hai

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#3 Amanita Muscaria, Germany

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“From forest to the seaside, riverbank to city street – even your own yard – there is wild food and medicine available to those who know where to look. In the face of global challenges such as climate change, food insecurity and pandemics, we seek to empower ourselves with the information and skills that enable self-reliance and equip us to care for our families and communities,” Bonetto’s book explains, so if you’re interested, be sure to check it out!

When asked what are the reasons for foraging gaining popularity lately, Bonetto said that we are living in a time of great change and questioning. “People come to my workshops to learn about foraging for different reasons. Young families because they want their kids to have experiences outside and connect with nature,” he explained.

#4 An Interesting Shape Of A Mushroom That I Found

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#5 Blue-Head

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#6 My Dad Sent Me This Pic Of Him Hanging Out In A Fairy Ring, Thought You All Would Enjoy

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Meanwhile, “old migrants come to validate their knowledge because up until recently they were perhaps made fun of for harvesting wild food in parks or from the roadside. Their skills were not deemed cool or relevant before hipsters made it so.”

So it seems that every group of interested people has their own reasons for getting interested in foraging. “Journalists are interested in the story because it is an empowering one,” Bonetto continued. “It's applicable everywhere and reaches all kinds of audiences. It is also apolitical and a positive news story.”

#7 I Just Made Tea With Rosemary Flowers! Does It Count As Foraging? I Can’t Go Far Because I’m Disabled

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#8 Didn't Find A Single Mushie, But Still Brought Back A Good Haul

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#9 Mother Nature At Her Best

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“Gardeners come because they are familiar with the plants and want to find a way to use them. It is a similar reason for farmers, many are now seeking alternative ways to revitalize the land after overuse.”

While “survivalists have always been interested in learning how to utilize wild food and medicine and there is now certainly a growing number of people interested in self-sufficiency.”

Lastly, “chefs and bar people are interested in wild produce,” Bonetto said and added that they love the possibility of bringing new ingredients to the table, ones with unique stories and flavors.

#10 Have You Ever Seen A More Geometrically-Perfect Chanterelle?

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#11 Here's Some Beautiful Wild Shroomies! Location: Kerala, India

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#12 Basket Of Goodies! (Harvested In Eastern Canada In Autumn)

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We also asked Bonetto if there are potential dangers to foraging for those who have no knowledge or skills, and he confirmed that it’s indeed the case. “It is very important to know what you are doing, and what you are looking at before harvesting wild food and medicines. Please use common sense, and learn from experienced foragers before going out on your own.”

#13 Found This Yesterday

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#14 This... Bothers Me In So Many Levels

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#15 Teeny Tiny! One Of My Fb Friends Discovered This And Took The Pic

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The best way to begin is to learn a few plants at a time and then build on your knowledge base, Bonetto suggests.

“I encourage new foragers to progressively increase their plant knowledge which will slowly build their ability to see more and more species in the landscape. You get good at it. Misidentification is a new forager's biggest threat, but also a great teacher.”

#16 One Of The Most Photogenic Toadstools I Have Ever Come Across

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#17 Amanita Muscaria

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#18 Monster Porcini. Not Even That Wormy… I Dried Almost All Of It!

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There are numerous foraging mistakes beginners make, and here are the most common ones, according to Bonetto. First, it’s misidentification. Second, it’s “collecting wild food from polluted environments. The best place to forage is your own backyard.” And third, it’s important not to fall victim to “harvesting and cooking wild produce en mass without first trying a little, only to find out it is way too bitter/sour/fibrous/chewier than expected.”

#19 Friend Just Sent Me This, What Shall We Assume It Is?

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#20 An Army Of Little Fellas Finding A Way In The City

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#21 Felt Compelled To Post My Favorite Photo I’ve Ever Taken, Id On The Fungi Appreciated :) I Think My App Called Them Fairy Parachutes

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Another common mistake people make is “collecting too much when the plant/fruit is abundant but not having a plan for preserving or not calculating the time of processing, so the foraged goods end up going to waste.”

Bonetto’s advice is to learn from your mistakes and be humble. “Foraging is a never-ending and amazing journey of discovery.”

#22 Found Growing On Cedar Planks. Palm Beach Florida. Thought Someone Might Appreciate These Little Guys

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#23 The Rarest Mushroom I've Found So Far, Gliophorus Reginae

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#24 Found A 33lb Lion's Mane Today (Tn, USA)

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#25 Didn’t Know Mushrooms Grew On Pine

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#26 Cobalt Crust Fungus(Terana Caerulea)

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#27 Finally Found One In The Wild!!

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#28 May The Spores Be With You

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#29 Imagine Being The Size Of A Flea And Taking A Stroll Down There

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#30 Just Spotted So Many Beautiful Amethyst Deceivers

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#31 Great Hike!! Found A Ton Of Chanterelle And Cow. Bonus Find Was The Giant Salamander!

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#32 Mushroom Grown In A Petri Bowl On Agar. We Normally Only See The Fruit Of The Mushroom And Not The Actual Essential ”body” Part

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#33 I Dried Out Mushrooms And Plants I Collected And Cast Them In Resin

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#34 California Newts Loving This Rotting Fungus. What Is It?

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#35 This Shii-Take Growing Log I Got From Work For Christmas Can Be Harvested 3-4 Times A Year For The Next 4-5 Years!

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#36 My Local Pizzeria Has A Deal Where They’ll Let You Add Items You Bring. Behold, The Matsutake Chanterelle Hedgehog Pizza

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#37 I Made Acorn Flour From The White Oak Acorns In My Yard. Then I Made Cookies

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#38 My Cotw That I Found This Year And The Yummy Meals I Made With It

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#39 Amazing Place For This Mushroom To Grow

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#40 Mushroom At The Beach

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#41 In Poland, You Don't Even Have To Go Out To The Store To Find Frozen Mushrooms

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#42 A Wee Bit More Than I Bargained For ?

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#43 Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus Comatus) Erupting From The Asphalt

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#44 I Found These Little Guys With A Snail On Top Of Them Today

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#45 Morel’s In Central Los Angeles! After All Our Rain These Popped Up In My Back Yard Where A Compost Pile Used To Be

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#46 I Have Found Large Truffles But This One Takes The Cake!!

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#47 A Different Take On Foraging. The Tree Farm Wanted $60 For A Wreath. I Lashed Some Holly And A Found Deer Antler To Some Cedar Boughs Instead

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#48 4 Quarts Of Sea Salt From 30gallons Of Seawater

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#49 I Thought This Was An Owl Or Some Other Bird

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#50 Ramp Season In Ohio. Tried Ramp Pesto, It's A Hit

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