“Take a trip to the forest and experience the greatness of getting on your knees and picking your own food and going home … and eating it.”
– Rene Redzepi
Foraging is not a new concept in Italy, but for the eight travelers who gathered edible weeds, buds and flowers in April this year, it was a first-time affair.
“We had never foraged before, but we thought it would be a unique experience to get to know the landscape and food culture in Positano,” says Greg Feinberg, who was on holiday with his wife Ricki Rose. The couple are from America and decided to participate in foraging to “meet other people from different backgrounds and share an experience with them.”
With an abundance of natural resources such as mushrooms, weeds, greens and herbs, living off the land has given Italians a significant amount of food security throughout World War I and II.
And now, as the discussions of climate change, food waste and sustainable farming continue to surge, so does the discussion surrounding foraging.
“Foraging is an activity that puts you in contact directly with the land you are crossing,” says Giacomo Miola, co-founder of Metafarm Social Food Lab, situated in the scenic town of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.