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Picking blackberries

How safe is urban foraging?

On this week's episode of SoundQs we look at the safety and etiquette of foraging fruits and other plants in the city.

Its blackberry season in the Pacific Northwest. You can find them growing everywhere in the city: in yards, alleyways, on the side of the road.

But plants absorb some metals and contaminants in the soil and in the air.

Foraging expert Melany Vorass Herrara explains what to watch out for when it comes to picking berries in Seattle.

Here's a couple of resources to check out.

Listen to the episode by clicking the play button above or on your favorite podcast app. SoundQs is a weekly podcast where KUOW reporters tackle questions submitted by our listeners.

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