Food Failures: Foraging Dos and Don’ts

17:01 minutes

April showers bring May flowers—dandelion flowers, that is, along with knotweed, garlic mustard, and nettles. In this episode of “Food Failures,” professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong gives her tips for picking wild plants safely and sustainably, and suggests a few ways to cook them for dinner.

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Tama Matsuoka Wong


Tama Matsuoka Wong forages for restaurants in the New York City area. She’s also co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty (Grand Central, 2017) and of Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmers’ Market (Clarkson Potter, 2012) She’s based in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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A Recipe for the Forager in You: Braised Beef, Dandelion Leaves, and Clear Noodles

A recipe from Tama Matsuoka Wong, using foraged ingredients.

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