Foraging is the process by which pirates can gather commodities (fruit, and the very rare gem or piece of gold ore) from uncolonized islands. This is done from the menu on the hold of a ship in port on the island. The gathered commodities go directly into the hold.
Historical Notes Edit
Before it was changed (in release 'Happy Holiday Fruitcake', on 2004-12-14), foraging allowed pirates to gather herbs and minerals, which then could be sailed to a colonized island and sold to/used by shoppes. However, some players quickly figured out the schedule on which these commodoties spawned, and acquired what was felt to be a disproportionate share of the 'found' wealth, which also had a large impact on the economy.