Oyster Mushrooms: A Spring Delight & A Potent Teacher.

Oyster Mushrooms: A Spring Delight & A Potent Teacher.

As I wandered through the woods the other day, I stumbled upon some oyster mushrooms growing shelflike on a Red Alder log, and couldn’t help but let out a nostalgic chuckle.  I have a bit of a funny relationship with this particular edible fungus, you see. . .

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4 Wild Edibles to Add to Your Salad Right Now

4 Wild Edibles to Add to Your Salad Right Now

Happy Wednesday!

Well, somehow an entire season snuck by without me posting a new Wild Wednesdays blog! I guess I was too busy teaching our school-year nature connection programs and planning for summer camps!

Maybe you missed me, maybe you didn’t. . . but either way, now that spring is finally here, I’m more inspired than ever to start blogging again, especially with all of the magical happenings going on in the forest!

The plant growth in the PNW is simply phenomenal this time of year, so I’m feeling called to share with you a few of my favorite wild edibles, which are perfect for harvesting and adding to a wild salad right now.

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Hawthorn Ketchup?! Yes, it's a thing.

Hawthorn Ketchup?!  Yes, it's a thing.

Just over a year ago, Patrick and I ventured to the magical place known as Ireland on an group ethnobotanical exploration of the land where some of our ancestors are from.  We immersed ourselves in Irish basketry, learned how to weave a crios band, wandered one of the few old growth forests remaining, and ate traditional Irish food.  Lots and lots and lots of traditional Irish food.  Our guide, ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan, spoiled us with some of the tastiest home-cooked soups and breads and potato dishes ever.  She really wanted us to experience the warm hearty food culture of Ireland!

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