Cattail Shoots

Cattail Shoots

Cucumbers...you wouldn't think I would begin a post relating to cattail shoots referring to a mid summer Cucurbitaceae but I am.

No, I haven't gone crazy, bonkers...cukoo cukoo bananas. It is just that cattail shoots for the forager are nature's early summer cucumber. Crisp with water-saturated flesh that resembles  the texture of a large scallion these precious early summer gems are marvelous.

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Stinging Nettle Tea

Stinging Nettle Tea

Most folks wait for their tulips or day lilies to pop up in the spring. This lady, I wait for the nettles. Yes those pesky persnickety bothersome plants that light up your short wearing summer legs like a California wild fire...those nettles.

Thankfully my love affair with Urtica Dioica didn't occur from a short short/ dense wood experience. Instead the plant whose latin genus name means "to burn" stole my heart through a simple cup of tea.

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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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DIY Nutritional Yeast...Puffball Seasoning Salt

DIY Nutritional Yeast...Puffball Seasoning Salt

Watch out nutritional yeast! There's a new cat in town and boy are they frontin' some fierce competition.

That's right folks this stuffs the bomb-diggity. Yes, I just said bomb-diggity. I don't know what they even means but who cares?! The heck with that  old vegan standard and overly processed nutritional yeast! Meet puffball seasoning salt.

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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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