A guide to finding, identifying and eating wild plants.
There is food within three metres of your front door. Three generations ago, it was common practice all over the world to collect this wild food; knowledge of what, where and when to forage was a necessary part of daily life. We still had lived experience of harvesting wild food with our hands. But with the advent of supermarket culture, monocultural systems of food production and escalating urbanisation, the knowledge associated with foraging has mostly been lost.
Today, we want this knowledge back. From forest to seaside, riverbank to city street - even your own yard - there is wild food and medicine available to those who know what to look for. In the face of global challenges such as climate change, food security and pandemic, we seek to empower ourselves with the information and skills that bring self-reliance and equip us to care for our families and communities. Eat Weeds shows how you can engage with wild food sources, reconnect with the stories of our ancestors, and care for local ecologies while transforming your neighbourhood into an edible adventure.
About the Author
Diego Bonetto runs foraging workshops that teach participants how to engage with delicious wild food while starting conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency. He has collaborated with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers; he is also an artist passionate about using his practice to return botanical literacy to communities. Diego has been featured by Marie Claire, GQ Australia, Lonely Planet, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and SBS, among other media outlets.