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Foraging denotes mostly the collecting of wild food resources [11. 278] - wild plants and parts thereof (fruits, seeds, flowers, buds, leaves, roots, bark) and animal products (e.g. snails, shellfish, birds’ eggs). In the early modern period, wild resources were extremely widely used as foods, herbs, spices, and human and animal medicines (Plants, medicinal), and they were consumed at many stages of processing, for example as vegetables, purees, salads, sauces, jams, dried fruits, juices, fruit punches and brandies, oils, vinegars, and medical preparations.

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Schöller, Rainer G., “Foraging”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026936>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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