Chestnuts are falling everywhere due to some storms. For the most part I just gather them up and let them ripen on racks but I also like to eat a few early. I was told they can be a little starchy but most of them here seem to be sweet even when really young. You can open them with your shoes even if they not really opening yet. The spins stick in and break off so watch yourself.
If they are small or miss shaped I break the shells opened and give them to the birds. The birds love them!
Angel’s trumpet or Datura
Every person who forages should also know what not to pick. Datura is one of those. It has a very colorful past, and I know some Herb People* that say they know how to use it. I think Datura is poison and it can even hurt some animals. So if it’s in my yard I burn it, or put it in the woods.
*The Herb People in question tend to be over dramatic and have a predilection for black clothing, pointy hats, and even at times capes. I try not to be overly skeptical, but it’s a kin to wanting to be a great political leader, but dressing like a Disney princess. You should expect some skepticism.
I cleaned and moved the coop today. Lots of coops have trays, but I decided to do a removable floor. I just role it over an old tarp. Yank the floor up, and scrape it down. Then role it off and dump the tarp over in the compost.
Birch polypore (Piptoporus betulinus)
This is a good maybe even one of the best medical mushroom to know. Especially if you you enjoy long hikes.
It is used for all sorts of things. I use it for cuts during hikes. It is kind of like a natural bandaid, but were It shines is in dealing with foot damage, blisters, cuts, cracks and scrapes. It’s rubbery and spongy consistency allows it to work as padding and it is a antiseptic/anti-inflammatory. It cools and gets rid of redness better then anything else I have tried. It is fairly common here, and it is easy to use just cut a sliver (plaster) take off your boots and socks and slid it in. I get moisture crakes all the time and using neosporin on toes just gives me squishy toes, and hurts more then helps. A couple slivers under my toes fixes me right up and feels good too. It seem to speed up healing, and I have been told it stops scarring, but have not used it for that. As far as I am concerned what it does for my feet is more then enough to make it a important mushroom, but it is also used in tea as a tonic, cleanser and immune booster etc.. The Ice man had it on him, and people speculate on what he used it for.