I have been asked many times what I would recommend for an absolute beginner to the world of foraging. It may seem an easy task but in the spirit of attempting to do my best for those who are about to embark on a more frugal lifestyle, I hesitate to recommend items that may in themselves cost money that would be better spent elsewhere.
However, there are some essentials and as I have mentioned before one of the most essential pieces of equipment (unless you want to poison yourself) is a good field guide.
You may also like to pick up a Mushroom Foraging Kit and it’s a good idea to have a basket of some sort to carry your larger treasures. I like willow baskets like the one pictured below.
Though there are some cheaper alternatives, and some have the added advantage that they can be rolled up and popped in your pocket like this Foraging Fox Bag.
Another good idea if you are going bush is a good bush knife here are a selection of good value knives.
Gloves are also a good idea if you don’t want to get your hands all scratched when picking blackberries, sloes or other hazardous fruit.
Its a good idea to wear long sleeves as well when you are doing that job!
Well there we have it – some suggestions for starting your foraging journey. However, it really doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, most of this equipment can be replaced by items you have at home already, and the books can be borrowed from most libraries, so there is still a frugal pathway if you want to take it!