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Other places across North America are also in on the trend. San Francisco's wild food community ForageSF is the brains behind the Underground Market and the Wild Kitchen, where sustainably foraged ingredients shine on an eight-course tasting menu. In Los Angeles, Forage brings freshly found produce to the table. Heading north to Vancouver, imaginative chef Robin Kort is the pioneer behind Swallow Tail Tours, which offers Dungeness crab fishing and wild mushroom hunting.

Head down under
As of late, foraging in Australia has gone way beyond the survival skills of finding food in the bush. In Sydney, “scrumpers” search for herbs and berries that thrive in the sunny, coastal climate. Naturalist Diego Bonetto leads foraging excursions in and around the city, including mushrooming jaunts and walks to dig up seasonal treats such as dandelion, chickweed, plantain and sow-thistle.

Melbourne's shining star is the award-winning Attica, where chef Ben Shewry has won the highest accolades for his cool approach to foraging and his winningly fresh and interesting menus. If you would rather hunt for the raw ingredients yourself, browse Edible Weeds for walks and cooking workshops run by local permaculturalist and edible weed enthusiast, Doris Pozzi.

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