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Alexis Nikole Nelson’s Favorite Foraging Gear

Written by Daniela Gorny

Alexis Nikole Nelson makes foraging feel approachable and wildly fun. And she shares her love of edible nature with her millions of TikTok and Instagram followers.

Whether she’s collecting magnolia flowers around her hometown in Columbus, Ohio for cookies (video) or gathering seaweed during her travels along the coast of California, her cheerful enthusiasm can make even the most indoorsy person want to venture outside and explore.

We asked her about the things she takes on her walks—from the indispensable tools she carries to those brilliantly colored, whimsical dresses she wears.

Find all of her favorite foraging gear here.


September 27, 2023

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