Pickled Ramps

Pickled Ramps

There are reasons as to why I only harvest a handful of ramps when there are thousands in my "ramp patch." As are there reasons why I comb the woods mid March in a ridiculous-looking 1980s snowmobile suit--just in case one uber-early ramp might have peeked through the soil without me seeing. And sometimes those concrete examples as to why we love some things aren't quite necessary. Ramps, Allium tricoccum, generally sprout out around mid to late April in damp forest-like conditions.

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White Spruce Tip Tea

White Spruce Tip Tea

It's funny how things can sneak up on you. Yesterday I got off work ready to walk my furry four-legged companion and whamo. Two hops and a skip out the door I look up and green little spruce growth is staring back at me. And not just any spruce growth...tip growth!

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Wild Mushroom Salts

Wild Mushroom Salts

Often times wild foraging is more about the hunt than searching out food for survival. Leaves rustling, wind blowing, nettles, burdock...then you stop. Gadzooks, mushrooms! Adreneline pumping you look both ways (don't want anyone to know you've found anything!) and your mind's focus abruptly shifts from woodsy whimsy walk to a heart-thumping hasty harvest.

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Puffball Mushrooms & Recipes

Puffball Mushrooms & Recipes

UPDATE: Click HERE to a newer post I did on puffballs turned into DIY Nutritional Yeast! Yes...it's possible!!!! Puffball mushrooms. Those white soccerballish looking funghi that are oh so tempting to kick...but don't! Instead, make them the centerstage at your next meal. Goodbye tofu hello puffball!

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Smoked Chicken of the Woods Mushroom

Smoked Chicken of the Woods Mushroom

First things first. Before you go out collecting just any old mushroom you find, go foraging with a knowledgable guide or mushroom club BEFORE you cook up the first thing you lay your eyes on. Only a handful of wild mushrooms are edible while thousands are poisonous! Thankfully, edible mushrooms often have unique characteristics that make them stand out from the poisonous ones so once you get the hang of where to look and what to look for, things will become easier.

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