Does anyone forage food?
As mentioned in another thread, I live on the edge of the suburbs and am outdoorsy.
Seems a shame not to sample the wild bounty, and so I bought a book a while back specific to my region and have kept an eye out in my forays.
I’ve tried sauteed or boiled dandelion greens in the spring. Really Good!
I have some roasted and ground chicory roots in the backlog to try, once I get through the store-bought ones for comparison.
I have yet to come across any mushrooms I was sure enough of to eat. My book specifically says, “for the novice, only try these 3 which are easily identified”. Have found none of those as yet, anywhere, across 4 states.
Milkweed flowers are mild raw, although my book recommends making fritters with them. Due to the rules, when I was camping boiling milkweed stems 4-5 times was difficult so I couldn’t say how nice those were, but I guess that’s a thing.
Sassafras leaves are lovely, in tea or eaten raw. I’ve yet to make proper Root Beer, since the regular supply of the stuff I’ve mostly found a state away.
Really hoping this summer to find some Sumac to make sumac-ade. Or maybe duck potatoes, come fall.
Anyways, I’m in the midwest great lakes region. Interested to hear what other people enjoy, either near or far from me.