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Foraging in late June -- list of goodies to look for

Foraging in late June

Oyster mushroom identification

Oyster Mushroom Identification

Oyster mushrooms are easy to identify. They grow on beech and have a beautiful fluted shape. They are a usually white on top but they can go a shiny grey colour when exposed to frost. They have white gills. These gills run all the way down the stem. There are other oyster genus and they are not poisonous either. They just don't taste so good. Apparently, there is a poisonous look-alike found in Australia and Japan, called Omphalotus nidiformis.

Foraging For Oyster Mushrooms

How to identify delicious wild edible oyster mushrooms, plus a recipe for vegetarian

Foraging for Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms: Oyster mushrooms grow throughout North America. If it rains enough and it's not too hot or cold, you can find them any month of the year, although they're most common in the second half of autumn. Cut out any part near the stem that's so tough you can't pinch through, and save it for stock. Cook the tender parts using any method. 10-20 minutes. They have a soft, chewy texture and it taste a little like seafood. Use seasonings suitable for seafood for a mock seafood effect.

Oyster Mushroom

Here's a mushroom that lives up to its name—it looks, smells, and tastes like oysters. With virtually no stalk, this mushroom's oyster-shaped caps usually grow in layers on dead deciduous wood (or on some supermarket shelves), like clusters of oysters. The moist, hairless, fragrant, white to smoky-gray caps are 2-8 inches wide.

Oyster Mushroom

Wild Rice Veggie Burgers!

Delicious mulberries

10 delicious ways to use mulberries

Early summer foraging: Mulberries (how to find them, how to harvest them, how to use them) :)

Early summer foraging: Mulberries

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush (Photos)... How to find, gather and freeze mulberries.

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush

Use Google Maps to make foraging easier

It's time to find elderberries! Look for them now when they're in flower so you can harvest them in early fall. Here's info on how.

It's time to find elderberries

!0 ways to use mulberries

10 delicious ways to use mulberries

Dandelion syrup

Dandelion syrup - sunshine in a jar!

Foraging Sea Salt- who would have thought you could do this. awesome!

Foraging Sea Salt

11 great foods to forage with kids

11 Ways to go foraging with your children

Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies needs to stock up on stinging nettle while it’s in season now. Iron-rich and loaded with vitamin C, the leaves also contain histamine, the chemical your body produces during an allergic reaction. So eating it helps you build up your body’s immunity. But more than just a medicinal aid, stinging nettle will add a peppery zip to any dish with greens. Use it as you might use spinach, but always blanch the leaves first to get rid of the sting...

6 Best Vegetables You’re Not Eating

Finding next year's asparagus-- now is the time to spot it and make note of where it is for spring!

Finding next year's asparagus

Wild ramp on the left; lily-of-the-valley on the right.

Telling the difference between ramps and lily-of-the-valley

Edibles 101: Pokeweed Pokeweed is one of those wild plants that...

Pokeweed Pokeweed is one of those...

Elderberry boosts immunity and cures eight known strains of flu

How to make a fermented beverage from stinging nettles

52 Weeks of Bad A** Bacteria – Week 17 – Ferment The Nettle Harvest

Southern Forager: Easy Dandelion Honey Mead!

Easy Dandelion Honey Mead!

How to make stinging nettle fertilizer for the garden: Quick method – For the quick method, steep one ounce of nettles in 1 cup of boiling water for 20 minutes to an hour, then strain the leaves and stems out and toss in the compost bin. Dilute the fertilizer 1:10 and it’s ready for use. This quick method will give a subtler result than the following method. Long range method – You can also make nettle garden fertilizer by filling a large jar or bucket with the leaves and stems, bruising the foliage first. Weight down the nettles with a brick, paving stone, or whatever you have laying around and then cover with water. Only fill three-quarters of the bucket with water to allow room for the foam that will be created during the brewing process. Use non-chlorinated water, possibly from a rain barrel, and set the bucket in a semi-sunny area, preferably away from the house since the process will likely be a tad smelly. Leave the mix for one to three weeks to ferment, stirring every couple of days until it stops bubbling.

Nettle Garden Fertilizer: Information On Making And Using Nettles As Fertilizer

The next time you're driving along in the country, look out the window for clumps of spindly, dark green plants that look like wispy Christmas trees. Congratulations -- you've found wild asparagus!

Looking out for asparagus