Just behind Johns Hopkins University by San Martin Drive, you'll find Deb Howard, from the Baltimore Orchard Project, foraging for food.
- Well it might not be something you've tried before here in Baltimore-- foraging for food.
- But Annie Rose Ramos shows us what's ripe for the taking right here in our city. Take a look.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Just behind Johns Hopkins University by St. Martin Drive, you'll find Deb Howard foraging for food.
DEB HOWARD: I'm picking serviceberries, which are actually native to Maryland. And they're throughout Baltimore.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Today's find? Serviceberries.
DEB HOWARD: They taste like a combination of blueberries, raspberries, and almonds.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: They're really good.
DEB HOWARD: They are really good, aren't they?
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Her picking is part of the Orchard Project's Mulberry Madness to spread the word about the nutritious food that can be found in our city.
DEB HOWARD: So this doesn't go to waste.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: And more berries are around this year, uneaten by birds thanks to the cicadas.
DEB HOWARD: Cicadas have made the birds satisfied. They've been eating that easy protein, and so there's been so many berries.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Deb taking her harvest to Gertrude's Restaurant--
JOHN SHIELDS: You've been picking.
DEB HOWARD: I have been picking.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: --where the kitchen rolls those sweet red berries into their recipes.
JOHN SHIELDS: This is stuff that grows right here. It's part of their everyday life, and now it's on their plate.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Whipping up this omelet with brie and serviceberries.
JOHN SHIELDS: So it's just really, really exciting that we have this source of food that we've ignored for so long that is so delicious.
ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: So good. Now, to learn more about Baltimore berry picking and for some recipes, head to our website, wjz.com. Reporting from Gertrude's, I'm Annie Rose Ramos for WJZ.