MOREL HUNTING AND A NOTE ABOUT FIDDLE HEADS
My sister in law lives on the perfect piece of land for morel hunting, so this weekend we decided to pay her a visit and go on the hunt for morels. Wild foraging has always interested me, but I never really actually went out and did it. We were slightly successful and NOW have a secret spot to return to next year!
As you can see I picked some fiddle heads on my walk, and like all good foragers and beginners.. before I attempted to eat them I double checked my sources and I am SO glad I did, because that variety with the fuzz on them are MILDLY TOXIC! So be aware to any other beginner scavengers. DAMN, I was SO excited to chomp into them, too! *sighs* The search continues!
Early Chanterelle Mushrooms in Oregon
when you gather a plant, you take on the responsibly of carrying it through the rest of its existence ♡ (via good4youherbals)
Harvested white sage today to replenish my sage supply for smudging and other things. Smells amazing.
Not a bad day for the 3rd time at the range….
Searching the foraging tag and seeing way too many people taking WAY MORE than they need. PEOPLE! You have to RESPECT NATURE when you FORAGE. ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU NEED!!! Some people posting pounds and pounds of mushrooms and whatnot. Harvesting that much from the environment has a pretty harsh effect on the area. Please only take what you need.
Spring has come and it is time to forage for many wild edible foods! Morel mushrooms are a favorite for me and very easy to ID. They are a truly wild food and have not yet been able to be grown in labs, making them the “anarchist mushroom.” (thanks Kevin Tucker for your wit)
First sign of a…
CHICKEN OF THE WOODS
fruiting bodies are up to 20cm wide, shelf-like, rubbery, sulphur yellow to orange, sometimes with bright orange tips.
older specimens become pale and brittle, chalk-like.
flesh is white to yellow tinted, firm, softer towards the edges.
underside is characteristically white to bright yellow, with tiny pores instead of gills.
has no stem.
grows in overlapping groups on logs, stumps, or wounds of trees.
appears in spring, summer, and fall.
has a mild taste and odor; cook before eating.
tip: harvest the soft outer margin of the younger specimens to avoid bitterness.
an inedible (but not poisonous) look-alike is Pycnoporus cinnabarinus, which is corky/rigid rather than rubbery, and orange/red on the top and underside, rather than bright yellow on the underside.
an inedible (but not poisonous) look-alike is Hapalopilus nidulans, which is cinnamon brown/orange on the top and the underside, rather than bright yellow on the underside.
warning: can cause allergic reaction in some people due to toxins absorbed from the tree; begin by sampling small amounts.
Formerly Marked Bones, im going to use this blog as a way of collecting information on foraging, crafting and archery. I will be taking my own notes on here as well. Hopefully you find it useful!!!