I got asked about my kids. I have seldom posted anything about my children, but they are my favorite foraging partners. If you have children, nieces, nephews etc. I would encourage you to take them with you whenever they are willing to go. When they come with me they find twice as many things as I do, have twice the fun. My daughter in particular knows most mushrooms and a ton of medical and forgeable plants. My children are not permitted to eat mushrooms other than hen of the woods, and chicken of the woods. They do however eat tons of wild fruits and plans. They love trout lyles and have a supernatural ability to find, pick, and eat berries, often before I can get any. We homeschool so the walks get used in science class off and on too. I think teaching your kids about nature is one of the best lessons you can give them…. Happy hunting
PS We use a eclectic classical education model. Math Writing Music Latin and heavy dose of Science. We teach everything else but those are what we emphasize. My wife teaches spelling and English because I an an engineer 🙂
I moved into my new house late in the season, and had no time to bring in wood. I decided to try compressed wood bricks. They have really worked well. They burn slower then lumber and leave almost no ash. They light easy and fast. I figure a ton of bricks equates to about 1 3/4 cord the way we are burning. Right now I have a bout 3.5 tones out in the garage. I think that will bring me through the winter. I got it delivered at $210 a ton. I will still bring in wood if I can get it free, but I think I am going to buy at least 2 tons of bricks each winter.
Oysters mushrooms – (a group more then a specific mushroom) They bloom on and off year round, even during warm ups in the winter. They grow on dead and dying deciduous trees. Unlike some store bought varieties the the ones shown here are often delicate, and vary greatly in taste, even among those of similar appearance. Here in Erie we can get a almond/anise oder and flavor that can be almost over whelming. The Heath benefits of oyster mushrooms are well documented, and like all mushrooms that grow in the sun light they have vitamin D. They dry and rehydrate well. They were the first wild mushrooms I learned, and I love them more every year. Happy hunting
Vegans looking for none animal vitamin D should read about growing mushrooms in the sun, and sun drying mushrooms. Most store bought mushrooms are grown inside or in the dark, but some growers enhance their mushrooms with ultraviolet light.
PS. Do not learn mushrooms from the internet. White gilled mushrooms can kill you in nasty ways.
Bear’s Head Tooth Mushroom – Hericium americanum It tastes like lobster or crab if prepared in butter, but can be bitter if old. It is also a great medical mushroom sort of a mental stimulant. It grows on living and dead deciduous trees. It can grow quite high in the tree. So you may have to climb to get one. Happy Hunting