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Hearsay: Do you have an unusual hobby?

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If Ardsley, N.Y., solo Lisa Solomon isn’t working, chances are you’ll find her looking for wild greens or mushrooms around her Westchester County home. Solomon, who has been a forager for more than eight years, has found—and eaten—everything from stinging nettles to aborted Entoloma mushrooms. She says her love of cooking gave way to an interest in foraging and mycology. And despite the questionable looks she sometimes gets from others when she tells them about how she likes to hunt for edibles in the wild, Solomon says her hobby is a lot of fun.

What’s your unusual hobby? Tell us in the comments what you do in your spare time.

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