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Spring Foraging
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Hey good people. Was out a my friends house today, we were poking around his property. Found a whole lot of ramps/wild leeks and a couple of morel mushrooms. Ramps, which taste like a cross between garlic and onion, were all over the place. They have white marble size bulbs and flat leaves that are good to eat as well. Both of us have taken a class in morel mushrooms, and it is so cool that we can put that knowledge to use. I will try more morel hunting in the next few weeks. Ate a few nettle leaves and birch catkins too. So anybody else have some spring treats that you can tell the rest of us about?

Bill
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[quote name='Bill' timestamp='1400460791' post='591305']

Hey good people. Was out a my friends house today, we were poking around his property. Found a whole lot of ramps/wild leeks and a couple of morel mushrooms. Ramps, which taste like a cross between garlic and onion, were all over the place. They have white marble size bulbs and flat leaves that are good to eat as well. Both of us have taken a class in morel mushrooms, and it is so cool that we can put that knowledge to use. I will try more morel hunting in the next few weeks. Ate a few nettle leaves and birch catkins too. So anybody else have some spring treats that you can tell the rest of us about?

Bill

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Yum <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' /> we get a lot of "wild garlic" around here, my friend picks it on his property, sells it to the farmers at our local market for about 25 cents a bunch and they re- sell for about 1$ a bunch here. My friend gives it to me for free when I go help him. It looks like exactly what you describe ramps as. Small white bulbs, and flat green, tasty leaves. We use 'em fresh or pickle 'em in vinegar or preserve them in oil. We also get a lot of local fiddleheads at the market this time of year...I heard they are toxic if eaten raw though.



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#3
The top two inches of nettles are good boiled for three minutes this time of year.

And the water makes good "tea"
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Picked 6 pounds of morels Sunday at my Uncles house.



Then we grilled some ribeye's to and ate about 4 lbs in one sitting of morels lol.
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#5
Young dandilion green and watercress salad. Steamed cattail tops, thanks Abowoman!
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#6
Cattail roots are as good as potatoes ... boil well.



Cattail stalks (new) are quite tasty.



Birch sap (just as the snow goes) is sweet but not as sweet as maple sap.
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I heard they are toxic if eaten raw though.

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No. I've never heard of that, and a quick search shows people to say they are delicious cooked or raw.



Ramps are wild leeks, an allium related to onions, shallots, garlic... Back in West Virginia, they have ramp festivals where you can experience rams in every conceivable dish, plus raw ones for garnish.



What I rarely see in print is the stink. When you eat ramps, you will have no friends unless they also eat them. They will give you the worst case of onion breath in the world, plus it comes out of the skin. You whole body will stink... Nobody will sit next to you in school, your girlfriend or boyfriend will date someone else until you clean up.



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Chickweed is everywhere, and makes a tasty broth when boiled up for five minutes.

Chop well, discard the stalks, and keep the leaves in the broth.

Easy to find - easy to cook.
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[quote name='adapt-overcome-conquer' timestamp='1400527302' post='591318']

I heard they are toxic if eaten raw though.

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No. I've never heard of that, and a quick search shows people to say they are delicious cooked or raw.

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I meant the fiddleheads Bill...not the ramps/wild leeks. Sorry, probably my fault for not writing it clearly enough.



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#10
I see now that I misread that, my bad!



As usual, there are varying opinions on the toxic qualities of fiddleheads. Sure doesn't hurt to be absolutely sure and cook them. Here is an article I found quickly, it discusses the three types of ferns found in North America.



[url="http://foragersharvest.com/fern-fiddleheads-the-succulent-stalks-of-spring/"]Ferns[/url]





Also, check this article out, some good suggestions for easy foraging.



[url="https://www.yahoo.com/food/5-tasty-low-risk-foraged-foods-91766703971.html"]5 tasty, low risk foraged plants[/url]

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#11
The root stalks of dandelions are good to eat.

They are about the size of a French fry and taste of potato.

Problem is that they are hard to dig up.

I recommend pushing a spike in next to the plant to just pry the plant root-stalk up.
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