Drinking Vinegar: A Dandelion and Strawberry Shrub Recipe-- chopped dandelion roots, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, honey, steep in fridge one week, mix spoonful with sparkling water, sweeten to taste.
The Mayapple (whose leaves, stem and root are deadly poisonous) flowers in May, but the edible fruit (seeds are not edible--don't eat them) doesn't ripen till August. By the time the fruit is ripe, Mayapple leaves and stems have died back, and finding the fruit becomes very difficult. By noticing the location of dense patches of Mayapples now, you can return in a few months for your summer harvest.
In spring, before the tree leaves unfurl and the underbrush really starts to develop, look carefully around you. You may see things that will be hidden by foliage later in the year. I was able to spot this old chicken mushroom (one of many I have found this way) deep in the woods, far off from the trail. Later in the year, when it is actually fruiting, it would be completely hidden by underbrush.
Free mushroom cap morphology poster This is a neat resource for mushroom hunters or nature study and links to learn more about mushrooms including sites to help with learning about mushrooms, IDing wild mushrooms, foraging, medicinal uses, etc.
'Packed with more than 40 trace minerals that work to metabolize your body's fats and carbs, water from maple trees may be the next big health drink. -- How and why to tap your own maple water to drink :)