Show 21: Spring Foraging


  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm looking forward to the warmer weather and starting to hunt for new goodies to forage.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,283 admin

    I really enjoy doing the foraging shows... they make me hungry!

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,402 admin

    You mentioned Amaranth and that there are several common related species such as love-lies-bleeding. In addition to lamb's quarters, we have strawberry blight here. Lovely in a salad. Chenopodium capitatum. Purple amaranth grows where it escaped from old farms in some locations and continues to seed itself. Not planted anymore.

    Really enjoy the annual fiddlehead feast. It is the Ostrich fern that we harvest here. But not common in my immediate area. A bit too dry. Have to go about an hour east into the mountains. And that won't be for about a month yet.

    Our snow is slowly disappearing but I haven't seen any greens to pick yet. Cottonwood buds are ready so I really should be out picking.

    You would love one of the flavours made by a local kraut maker. Its her Barvarian flavour and has horseradish fermented in it.

    Have you ever eaten the young stems of Rubus species? I like to pick Thimbleberry (R. parviflorus) stems instead of Raspberry or Blackberry cause it is more prolific here and the fruit isn't quite so tasty as Rasp or Blackberry.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,283 admin

    Horseradish in kraut... that sounds great! No, I've never tried thimbleberry. I've never seen it around here. We have a zillion ferns though!