Sunday, April 2, 2017

Scouting wild edible and medicinal plants

We've been walking around the property a lot recently to scout which plants are up and might be of interest to folks who attend our plants workshop in mid-April.  We found all of these yesterday!  And in looking for morrels while walking, we found an interesting mushroom specimen.  I think of chicken-of-the-woods (aka sulfer bracket or "wishi") as a fall fungus.  It turns out that this paler sub-species, Laetiporus Cincinnatus, known as "pale chicken of the woods" is also edible when cooked, like the true sulfer bracket, or  Laetiporus sulphureusBonus!

checking on the health of the creek before harvesting watercress.  Found cadys fly larvae - yay!

A farm meal all from what we harvested or wildcrafted!  Fried white and sweet potatoes, salsa, scrambled eggs, cilantro, wild greens, and goat-mozzarella.  That's what I'm talkin' about :)