America’s Quirkiest Towns

Jack of the Wood Travel+Leisure
September, 2014

 

Introducing the artists, foragers, pirates and shrine-builders who populate quirky small towns across the U.S.

#1: Asheville

On his No Taste Like Home tour, Ashevillian Alan Muskat lets visitors forage in the woods for—and then sample—wild local delicacies like “fairy potatoes,” which grow on vines, and reishi, known as the Mushroom of Immortality.

“Asheville sits smack in the middle of the most biodiverse temperate bioregion on the planet,” Muskat boasts. “So even our plants are freaky.”

You can’t learn to forage from a website.
Always learn from an expert, preferably your parents.