Meet Adam

adamacornswildfoodismMy name is Adam Haritan, and I am a wild food enthusiast, researcher, and forager.

I learned the value of wild food foraging while studying nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh.  It was here that I discovered just how beneficial wild foods could be in optimizing human health.  You see, wild plants, on average, are more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts (i.e. wild blueberries vs. domesticated blueberries, wild lettuce vs. iceberg lettuce).

The wild food diet is the diet that we, as Homo sapiens, have been consuming for the majority of our time on this planet, and it is the diet to which we are most adapted.

Today, very few Americans consume any wild foods, subsisting instead on nutrient-deficient products that scarcely resemble anything real or natural.  It’s no wonder that degenerative diseases like cancer, diabetes, and chronic inflammation are so prevalent.  We have abandoned our natural diet and are suffering as a result.

This realization has allowed me to unearth the forgotten knowledge we once cherished by pursuing and sharing the forager’s lifestyle.  I would now like to share the enthusiasm and passion I have for wild foods with you!

Here at this website, it is my intention to re-introduce individuals to the flora and fauna of our ecosystems in order to reclaim the robustness our species once exemplified.  Wild Foodism is about sustainability.  It is about respect for ourselves and our planet, and it is most certainly about our health and survival.

Thank you for taking the time to explore Wild Foodism!

-Adam Haritan
adamharitan [at] gmail [dot] com



  1. Dear Adam,
    I’ve just discovered your pages here and am really interested. I found oyu because I was looking for something with birch tree bark as a treatment for my Dad’s skin after a cancer operation. I read about birch tree bark here in Germany where I live and was hoping to find a cream or salve with a large amount of it in it. My Dad wouldn’t be able to go through the “production process” you rightly suggest. Maybe you’ve got an idea how he could find it – compounding pharmacy??
    Thank you and I’ll keep on reading!
    Jenny Sandhaas

    1. Hi Jenny,

      Thank you for reaching out. There are, unfortunately, few topical products that contain birch bark. However, if you do a search for “birch bark salve” in Google, you’ll come across a few sites that offer their products. I have never used any commercially, so I cannot speak to their effectiveness. Still, it may be something worth looking into.

      I may be making my own later this year, and you may be interested in some. If you have no luck finding any, let me know.

      Wishing you all the best, and thank you for reading!

  2. Dear Sander Sluijter,
    Thank you for the link – very interesting. It would be nice to get advice on which products contain birch bark juice as my dad is not able to obtain it as described in the website. Product names would be super helpful here. Thanks once again!
    Jenny Sandhaas

  3. Thank you Adam! I would like to go on your list of people to notify when you get your birch salve/creme going. I’ll keep on looking but haven’t found anything interesting yet.
    Jenny Sandhaas

  4. Hi Adam. I found what I think might be Chaga today. However there was wood inside. I would like to send pics if you could take a look please. Thanks. Mandy

  5. Hi Adam, I have enjoyed your YouTube channel! Thank you for your incredible insite!
    I have been looking across Minnesota and western Wisconsin the past many months for Polypore’s and Chaga… since being diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal cancer, I have been vary successful with the Birch Polypore… but no luck on the Chaga… today I found what I first thought was Chaga, but it wasn’t on Birch, there was quite a bit of it on White Oak… possibly Phellinus Igniarius? other times I saw something like it on Elm and wild Cherry. I have a picture I can send you if you can connect at Thank you!

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