Foraged for lunch. I love spring.
Gathered ramps today. Every year I post on gathering ramps, but I think I evolve a bit each time. I now only get ramps that are no bigger then my index finger, and no smaller then my pinky. This is because I pickle the bulbs and the best bulbs for canning are that size. I also used a pressure washer to speed up processing a big time saver. I also now value the leaves more then the builds. I make pesto that I add to bread, noodles and hummus. It is one of my all time favorite flavors.
I made 7 cups of pesto, and pickled the bulbs.
Found a great bunch of Shaggy mains on my way home. Oh so good.
Scored on a rainy day walk today!
Nice big wine caps coming up. They have a different taste really good with lemon pepper not real good with garlic. Take while to cool down, very wet. Purple laccaria coming up too
Lots of rooted mushrooms today, might be time to make hot and sour soup. Really long roots.
Score found huge cauliflower mushroom. So good! Little hard to clean.
Went out for late ramps with the neighbor and we got his 4 wheeler stuck in the middle of the woods.. in 2 feet of mud 30 min of digging it out mostly with our hands and arm shovels just got stuck to the mud, up to our knees…. still got the ramps beer for scale.
PS. If you harvest any roots you should get a plastic ceiling grate spray hard with a hose and it will speed up processing. I also recommend a box cutter instead of a knife.
PPS I am the nerd with the bucket I usually have a beard but I was Clark Kent for comic con last week.
Oyster mushrooms are out. And I picked a Dryad Saddle too. I breaded and baked them with some fresh Ramps. The oysters are always great but is still can’t get the Dryad Saddles to taste good.
Picking dandelions for Mother’s Day. My wife started this tradition in 2011 and we have not missed a year. This year we did jelly and dandelion mead.
Happy Mother’s Day