Wild Edibles / Local Foraging

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  • Wild Edibles / Local Foraging

    Posted by Sandra on June 5, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I have been foraging for wild oyster mushrooms with one of my new neighbours this year, of which there have been an absolute boatload around my new home. The constant rains have triggered abundance x 1000, and they just keep on coming.

    She & I have been cooking them up in different dishes & sharing the results. Incredibly delicious, and far more nutritious than the ones on offer in the grocery stores. My favourite so far is a new concoction I came up with: oyster mushrooms with young garlic greens, spring onions, my own garden leeks from last year, chili sauce & coconut milk. Amazing over basmati rice!

    I’ve also had the opportunity to be harvesting wild nettles, blanching them & then freezing them for use in veg lasagnas & more.

    Dandelion greens & flowers are some of my favourites too. I have dandelion honey infusing at the moment & have been enjoying dandelion greens in salads fairly regularly, even once they become bitter. Excellent tonic for the liver & gallbladder, and super delicious.

    And the plantain is sprouting up everywhere now, along with comfrey, both which I cook with. Great medicinal value with these as well. Can’t wait for the upcoming wild berry season!

    Would love to hear about other people’s favourite wild edibles this time of year.

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  • Silvia

    Member
    June 6, 2022 at 11:39 am

    I love the idea of foraging for oyster mushrooms! We seem to stick to chanterelles which we freeze and use all winter โ€ฆwould like to give oyster mushrooms a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    We also harvest nettlesโ€ฆ.our preferred way to eat them is steamed with salt and butter and drink the tea at the same time.

    Iโ€™m going to experiment with purple dead nettles todayโ€ฆ.I just found out they are edible ๐Ÿ™‚ Will make a tea out of them and cook them with rice etc. Trying something new is always exciting.

    • Sandra

      Member
      June 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

      Nettles are so versatile, and so good for us, raw or cooked, either way. Especially healthy for women! although very good for anyone. Another one: raspberry leaves, although I have not yet tried cooking with them. But they are powerful yet gentle medicine for women.

      Speaking of rice, Joyce mentioned wild rice the other day – technically a grass as she said – which I am really excited to find & try out. I’m going to try to find some organic at Healthy Way & scatter some in the very damp areas near me & see what happens. It should grow like crazy – I hope – especially with the torrential rains. An interesting experiment I’m looking forward to! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Janice and Gerald

        Member
        June 10, 2022 at 6:17 am

        @Veronica at Amped on Nutrition probably has a great selection of organic wild rice you could trying planting ๐Ÿ˜Š

        • Veronica

          Member
          June 13, 2022 at 10:21 pm

          Hi Folks,

          Just seeing this now, was off the cell and away this weekend. @janice-gerald I do indeed have wild organic rice that could be planted for sure (it is in fact a type of grass seed ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ) Will check stock tomorrow! Folks can give us a call at the store T-Sat 10-5 ish

          Blessings all,

          ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

          • Sandra

            Member
            June 17, 2022 at 11:24 am

            I’ll drop by to check that out when you’re back in town ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann

    Member
    June 6, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    wow, you are both inspiring me

    • Sandra

      Member
      June 8, 2022 at 7:39 pm

      That’s awesome, especially with so many wild edibles around us all ๐Ÿ™‚ They are so incredibly healthy, much moreso than the food from the grocery store. This is truly a case of food being medicine, very literally.

      We have lost these skills, sadly, over many years of not handing this knowledge down from generation to generation, opting for the ‘convenience’ of grocery stores. For me, it’s more convenient to walk out into the bush, browse my garden & find everything I need for a meal.