At last we’ll all know the answer to the age old question:
“Is this edible?”
Head chef and co-owner of the famous two Michelin starred restaurant NOMA has created an App that will help you forage for your own food on your next bushwalk. The announcement was made at the World’s 50 best restaurants 15th anniversary event in Barcelona.
The new App-tly named feature, VILD MAD, which means ‘wild food’ in Danish will alert you to edible foods in the surrounding landscape. The App comes with instructions on how to prepare and cook the foraged material, including a few of Redzepi’s own recipes.
The App has a recording feature, which will allow you to keep notes on each piece of foraged material and where they were found. Redzepi is world renowned for championing native and found materials, even making use of Australia’s natives whilst Noma visited Sydney in 2016. Redzepi explains:
Knowing your ABCs in nature, the flora and the fauna, the patterns in the landscape, and the rhythms in the seasons is as important, we believe, as learning math, learning to read, learning to write — especially today when people think cacao milk comes from brown cows
The App heralds the beginning of a larger project from the famous chef. As well as foraging tips on his MAD website, he will be curating education workshops in his home country Denmark with the help of park managers. It will even be a part of the curriculum for Danish school children. It’s his goal to get people out of the supermarket and into the wild, where they will learn to pick foods for themselves and greater appreciate their native cuisine.
For the moment the App is for foods specific to Denmark, but will hopefully branch out to countries all over the world.
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