Foraging, Food, and Natural Health
May 31st, 2009 by feralkevin
I gobble up emails like I do I wild plants. Actually, even more so! This is the best way to reach me.
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I am planning on doing a lot more foraging this spring/summer in my “neck of the woods” and was wondering about your preference for a good field/survival knife. What make/model have you found to be good?
We were at the meeting ysterday,
were very impressed with you rknowledge and explanations.
You have mentioned taht wildplants dinner
or some sorts, we cannot find it on your web.
how can get the iformation about that type of dinner
you may serve?
Do you have any experience with eating ice plants? Since they are so abundant, I searched online and found this one website that said that the ice plant variety called carpobrutus edulis (with yellow flowers) are edible. http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/carpobed.htm
The flowers are called “sour figs” and are made into a jam in some countries. The leaves are also edible. There is a patch of these yellow flowered ice plants near my house so I went ahead and tasted the fruit and it tasted exactly like they said on this website. Any other insight you may have would be much appreciated!
Julie Hanft recommended that we reach out to you regarding a 5th grade Waldorf Science Project.
My daughter Nell would like to do an experiment with Oyster Mushrooms. Initially, she thought to do something about the effect of light on mushrooms. Julie has suggested that she do something about the effect of moisture on the mushrooms, or something about the substrate. Would you please let us know what would be the most interesting topic for her to observe in this experiment on mushrooms?
Jen and Nell
Jennifer and Nell
I think a good “science experiment” would be as you said, to get the little grow kits from Whole Foods and grow one with some light and one in the total dark. Very clear cut, scientific. From my own curiosity — I’d like to see yield experiments or nutritional and/or edible analysis of the mycelium, not just the fruiting body.
You could also do oil experiments where you can soak old hair or simple straw in oil to soak it up and then innoculate it with oyster mushroom mycelium. The mycelium has been observed to break down the oil, rendering it non-toxic. Paul Stamets has done this, but would be nice to see it done as a school project I think. Might be hard to measure.
Kevin — My cousins and I had a great time learning about East Bay foraging with your group last weekend in Oakland. I’ve been fascinated about ‘edible plants’ since I was a Boy Scout. And your book with the color photos are a lot more accurate than the B&W illustrated books back in the day. (Very dangerous, eh?) We are interested in any other walks on your side of the hill too. Please keep me informed. Thanks, Jay
PS: You mentioned about the lack of wild onions in the Sierra. Back in the day, I worked for the US Forestry through the YCC one summer, and we ate wild onions around the Plumas Nat’l. Forest. Does this seem accurate?
Hi Kevin; with our latest rain in northern California; I was wondering if mushroom foraging will be available, again.
The rains have come to late for the vast majority of mushrooms. It might not be too late for chanterelles, but my spots are still not fruiting.
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