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Old 06-21-13, 01:13 PM   #1
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Foraging

I love to eat. And I love free stuff.
Can't get much freer than this...

Here are my Saskatoon patches ripening up (they're actually more like little apples, then berries)


The buffalo currants (Ribes odoratum) are still a little ways away:


But the gold currants (Ribes aureum) are ready to go (hard to pick little bastards, but they taste just like little mandarin oranges).


And then look what I stumbled upon on trail ride home:


Macrolepiota procera. I guess you can figure out the Macro part. Also known as the Parasol Mushroom.
Not only safe to eat, but one the most delicious.
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Old 06-21-13, 01:16 PM   #2
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Winged sumac.....you can drop the seed clusters into hot water and make a drink very similar to lemonade. Excellent source of vitamin C.
you can also make a flute from the wood.
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Winged sumac.....you can drop the seed clusters into hot water and make a drink very similar to lemonade. Excellent source of vitamin C.
you can also make a flute from the wood.

Sumac tea is excellent - but best to pour it through some sort of filter (even a bandana works) to get out the irritating hairs (they don't seem to bother everybody, but they do me).
Same thing with soaking mashed rose hips - which also make a very tart, lemonady drink.
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Sumac tea is excellent - but best to pour it through some sort of filter (even a bandana works) to get out the irritating hairs (they don't seem to bother everybody, but they do me).
Same thing with soaking mashed rose hips - which also make a very tart, lemonady drink.
heard of this, but never tried it. BTW, be prepared to use a lot of sugar/honey/sweetner with that sumac...
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Fall brings muscadines! They grow wild all over the place.


and of course, black berries in June:
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I've never had a muscadine.
I'm not even sure I knew what one was, until I was exposed to these guys...
[video=youtube;TOZzOIm3WPw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZzOIm3WPw[/video]
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We're visiting my folks in NH in August. One of the things I'm looking forward to is a local hike with loads of blueberries at the summit.
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BTW, be prepared to use a lot of sugar/honey/sweetner with that sumac...
Except for chocolate (ohh and maybe cheesecake), I'm not really a sweet tooth.
To me it tastes like lemon water, or maybe hibiscus tea. No sugar needed.
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