Here is summary information; for a portfolio of work including related posts, see the author link at right.
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
Wild foods provide a small but powerful intersection between our understandings of wild landscapes and dietary choices, prompting the question, Where is there a place for wild foods? From a collection of eight foraging materials and wild-food focused cookbooks, a recipe content analysis to investigate the use of wild plant foods of the Willamette Valley in Northwest Oregon. From the 296 recipes collected, there are 664 instances of wild plant ingredient use in comparison to 2207 instances of store-bought or other ingredients. The most commonly used portions of plants and individual ingredients selection display a preference to more familiar, easily utilized ingredients over those requiring more processing. Despite the reliance on storebought ingredients and the supporting role of wild foods in the collected recipes provides an introductory opportunity to incorporate the new flavors and experiences provided wild ingredients. Reflected in restaurants lauded for their use of wild ingredients, these ingredients open space to diversify one's diet and reimaging natural landscapes for their culinary potential.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: Where is there a place for wild foods today?
Focus question: How are wild plant foods of the Willamette Valley used in recipes in foraging materials and wild food cookbooks?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Non-thesis (alternate outcome)
Alternate outcome(s): Foraging Instructional Guide and Recipe Booklet