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A forager is a person who collects edible plants or fungi for consumption. Urban foragers may collect in city parks, private lands, and sidewalks. Urban foraging has gained in popularity in the 21st century, as people share their knowledge, experiments, and research about local flora online.[1] One notable urban forager is "Wildman" Steve Brill, who was arrested in New York City's Central Park for eating a dandelion.

Notable foragers include Sean Sherman, a chef who owns "The Sioux Chef" food education business, chef Sami Tallberg, and Alexis Nikole Nelson, a forager and internet personality.


Foragers typically seek out herbs, fruits, roots, and mushrooms from nature to create dishes to eat. Professional chefs often forage or purchase from foragers in order to add these foods to restaurant menus.[2][3]

While most foragers engage in the activity as a pastime, foraging can also be a free means of obtaining nutrient-dense food for low-income families, and become a significant part of a person's diet.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Foragers are eating wild in America's concrete jungles". 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ Seibert, Maddie (15 October 2018). "Chefs are Going Back to their Roots for Local, Sustainable Foraged Foods". foodtank. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  3. ^ Preston, Marguerite (31 May 2016). "Meet the Massively Destructive Garden Weed That 'Tastes Like Rain'". Retrieved 27 November 2021.