mushroom photos identification | The Chanterelle Mushroom ...Many mushroom enthusiasts just like chanterelles sauteed in butter, with a pinch of salt, a clove of fresh crushed garlic and some whipping cream. This recipe is said to bring out the subtle flavor of the chanterelle without masking it with other aromas. This recipe has the added benefit of retaining flavor even after being stored frozen.
How to more safely determine if an unfamiliar plant is edible? Each step assumes no previous adverse reaction: Day 1: rub a little on sensitive areas of your skin (wrist underside or elbow pit). Day 2: put a little under your tongue (don't eat it). Day 3: eat a small nibble. [if the fist taste is bitter spit it out and wait to see if you react before trying again the next day. Many poisonous plants are bitter. ] Wait two days. If you still have no problem with it, go ahead and eat it.
False lily of the valley has tiny sprays of white flowers between two leaves growing close to the ground. The berries are starting to appear now at the end of July and are an odd mottled green and reddish brown that will later ripen to bright red. The berries are reportedly edible but contain large seeds and little flesh.
Chickweed, an invasive weed that has gone native, tastes like spinach and can be used the same way. Medicinally can be "used topically as a fresh plant poultice, or infused in olive oil for skin inflammation, wounds, boils, rashes, acne, and to draw out infections... Chickweed contains steroidal saponins – compounds that foam when water is present. Chickweed also increases our ability to absorb nutrients across our intestines. ... also an excellent food for supporting intestinal health."
Candy flower "can have several different growth forms depending on where it is – and how old it is. The five petals are white or pale pink, and striped with a darker pink... You can tell by looking at the fleshy leaves that this is a close relative of miner’s lettuce... Candy flower prefers to grow in swamps or on moist slopes. Even if the ground doesn’t look wet, it’s a good indicator that there’s moisture around at least part of the time." // the entire plant and flowers are edible!
Indian pipe, similar to the multi-flowered Pinesap, is TOXIC. But Native Americans used its stem juices in the preparation of a treatment for sore or inflamed eyes, as a topical application for warts and bunions, and to ameliorate general aches and pains.