Been taking a lot of mushroom pics again lately. This time of year is great for that. I have been mulling over putting out a book of my photography, but sorting through my thousands of pics is daunting. Anyway, here are a few ones I shot in the last couple months.
In this video I do a quick review of the book Rewild or Die by Urban Scout (aka my friend Peter Michael Bauer). This is a great book, which makes some important points that many rewilding authors gloss over or don’t mention at all.
Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a peppery member of the mustard family that adds some great flavor to cold weather dishes.
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Took a short walk with my boys today, and I took a few pics.
These are ground cherry (Physalis spp.) husks. This time of year most of the fuits have either been eaten or have gone bad, but we did find one good one for my 3 yr old in this small patch. (Learn more about ground cherries in my DVD. See side bar to order.)
This is stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). It is a a nutritious edible, but should be cooked to remove the sting. (This is another plant covered in my DVD).
The holes in this tree (pretty sure it is an apple tree) are made by a yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). They tap the trees for sap. Many other species of birds drink from the holes, including humming birds. Insects also like to drink the sap, but often get stuck in it. This provides the sapsucker with 2 snacks when they return to the tree later.
Today was the final class of my 2016 Foraging and Rewilding Course. I certainly did not expect to be teaching my November class in shorts and a t-shirt, but it was that kind of day today. We had a laid back class. I demonstrated a couple “primitive” traps, William Padilla-Brown showed us some wild mushrooms, and Kenny Point taught friction fire.
Last evening’s supper was grass fed beef with common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis), red clover (Trifolium pratense), white clover (Trifolium repens), cleavers (Gallium aparine), catnip (Nepeta cataria), bee balm (Monarda didyma), violet (Viola spp.), mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata), ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), and common chickweed (Stellaria media) cooked over the fire.
Before anyone freaks out that I harvested milkweed, and did not leave it for the butterflies, I should say that I harvested it from an area of my neighbors field that gets mowed regularly. There is a nice stand of it that they don’t mow right next to it.
Everything was cooked over the fire, but I did boil the milkweed in advance.
I am not exactly a very good cook, but you can’t go wrong with foraged greens over the fire.