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New video, again shot in early March. I’ve noticed how three of my favorite foraged foods are scarcely (if at all) eaten by wildlife. They require processing, namely heat (chanterelles and bay nuts both must be cooked before they are edible). This type of processing (at least on planet Earth) can only be done by […]

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Poison Hemlock Video

I made this video real quick when I was out foraging for chanterelles, miner’s lettuce, cleavers, and other wild edibles. Share on Facebook Tweet This Post

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It seems this time of year I don’t make a lot of posts or videos. I find myself hunkering down inside, as it’s cold, rainy, and dark outside. When I am out, I’m foraging for mushrooms and fruit tree pruning. Harvesting wild greens, making soups. Why don’t I film this? Partially because the rain deters […]

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David Wolfe has called these fruit, (not actually berries) Incan berries. So you can buy them at Whole Foods or whathaveyou, often as Incan Berries. You can even go to this site and go to products and buy them. They are also known as: poha, Cape gooseberry ground cherry golden berry (or goldenberry). These superfoods […]

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One of the big things I try to teach my students and coach my clients on, is the importance of choosing the right plants. Most people only know a handful of plants to start with, and have eaten about as many. So they typically want to choose plants that are 1. already overrepresented in the […]

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You roast them until dark brown, almost black. Like dark roasted coffee or dark chocolate. They contain caffeine like stimulants and an extraordinarily rich flavor profile. They are related to avocados, in the Laurel or Lauraceae family, and their fruit when fully ripe can be eaten like an avocado. The leaves, although 3 times as […]

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Acorns leached whole

John Farais, a chef specializing in Native American cuisine, has discovered a very cool way to leach these Valley Oak acorns to make them into edible acorn flour. I suspect this will not work for the higher tannin Live Oak or Black Oak (these acorns are yellow fleshed) as there wouldn’t be enough surface area […]

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We in the Bay Area home of the Valley Oak (Lafayette/Walnut Creek area), are in a dire situation. We have a week or two to harvest all the acorns fallen off this year’s bumper crop. Seriously, each and every acorn is crying out to us as we literally walk and drive on them and throw […]

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If all the acorns around you have got your feeling a little squirrely, here’s the short, short version of what you can do: If you have Valley Oak or similar acorns (they are cream colored “white” as opposed to yellow), crack them easily with a nutcracker or a rock against a hard surface. Grind them […]

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