Welcome to week 1 of the Community Supported Foraging!
I am posting the newsletter on the blog so that if you are following (or foraging) along you can read about the suggestions and recipes of what is current wild and available.
Also, we may be able to make more shares available at some point so this way you can follow along and see if you would like to join in.
We had a couple surprises in this week’s share: young dryad’s saddle mushroom, which turns out to be delicious when it is young and tender like the ones we found and creeping charlie or ground ivy, which we found in abundance at Wild Red’s Gardens, who have graciously offered to let us forage there.
I am so happy to be able to include edible wild mushrooms in this week’s share. To me that makes the share extra fun! An important note about wild mushrooms:
WILD MUSHROOMS MUST BE COOKED BEFORE EATEN!
in other words:
DO NOT EAT WILD MUSHROOMS RAW
ALWAYS COOK WILD MUSHROOMS
I recommend when first trying a new mushroom to simply saute it in butter, making sure you like the flavor, before adding it to a dish. Dryad’s saddle is tender and delicious this early in the season, but later it will get tough and bitter. I’d never enjoyed its taste until finding these young ones in the woods. At this stage, they rival morels. They are in fact known in some circles as “The morel hunter’s consolation prize.”
In this week’s share:
- Dryad’s saddle mushroom(fresh)
- dried reishi mushrooms
- stinging nettles
- broad dock leaves
- Japanese knotweed stalks
- purple archangel (purple deadnettle)
- violet flowers
- onion grass
- creeping charlie/ground ivy
- garlic mustard