I've played a number of characters over the course of several years and until yesterday, completion of zones always yielded ore, cloth, wood or leather as part of the reward. My newest character completed five zones, this weekend. Four of the map rewards included berries of some type, but no crafting materials. I realize that cooking ingredients are legitimate prizes, as described in the wiki, but they are far less desirable than the aforementioned crafting materials. but what suddenly changed to cause them to be foist upon us at nearly every opportunity? I'm now not so anxious to continue exploring, knowing that it's not going to be worth my while. I'll probably turn to doing other activities that yield items which will make my character better.