The first day of summer is right around the corner, and the mountains, including Asheville Area Bed & Breakfast Association Inns, are a profusion of flowers, berries and greenery. One of the many joys of this region is enjoying the abundant variety of food found at the farmers’ markets, but did you know there’s also a company that will teach you to forage for your food? Alan Muskat, known internationally as “epicure of the obscure”, and his company Wild Food Adventures have been seen in many major publications including the Washington Post, Southern Living, and Conde Nast Traveler. Doing a tour with them is ranked as one of the world’s best food experiences by Fodor’s. Tours are available daily and year-round. What you find on your tour will depend on the time of year and what’s growing. The tour guides will show you edible finds available here in the Asheville area, and also in most regions of the country, so you can apply your knowledge to your own neighborhood when your trip is over.
An exciting feature of the tour is tasting what you’ve picked. You may choose to eat a meal with the tour guide, and you also have the option of taking your food to one of four award-winning Asheville restaurants where the chef will prepare your findings as part of your meal at no extra charge. Depending on what you find, their website lists wild mushroom pizza, daylily tamales and wisteria ice cream as possibilities for preparations of your foraged food. Sounds delicious.