The wild food continues! I don't know much, er, anything about fishing or crabbing, but we've been wanting to get into it. I recently gave my neighbors some extra eggs and mushrooms, and was surprised with some fresh caught crab in return. Even if you can't do it all yourself, you can trade to fill in the blanks. I'm not a lover of butter, so the crab was put on toast and topped with fresh picked tomatoes, red onion and dill, and then some yummy cheese.
I wasn't really up for the second hike in the rain, but these yummy wine berries help bring the smile back! These babies are so much better than raspberries. You don't even have to chew them, just squish with your tongue and you don't get seeds stuck in your teeth. And the thorns are softer than blackberry vines.
Found my first cordyceps today! Photography major here never thought to take a picture of it til it was too late. I was so excited to just dig it up and see what it was attached to, but failed at that due to its depth and rocks that caused it to take a turn to get up. And then I was so excited to try to ID it. Cordyceps ophioglossoides is what it was. This one grows on false truffles. So here is my drawing of the cordyceps. I am very out of practice with drawing and going off of memory. It's a great way to get to know plants and shrooms!
First egg casualty in almost 3 years. Some jobs are better saved for the morning if beers are part of your evening.
St. Johns wort. I've been finding it in parking lots, next to driveways, and in my back yard. You can tell it's St. Johns by holding a leaf up to the light, and you will see tiny wholes (thus the perforatum species name) and the flowers will leave your fingers red. But it also has a five-petaled yellow flowers with dark red streaks and spots and opposite leaves. I've been harvesting just the flower. Right below that flower is another waiting to bloom, so rather than harvesting once, like I did last year, I'm going out every other day for some more! It's self-seeding, so it's good to miss a few flowers for the insects and in hopes that it'll become a bit weedy back there! The leaves are good too, maybe I'll get those later in the season. Every year I try a little something different and get to know my plants a little better.
Reishi! I have never seen this many, or this big, or this many this big! #ganodermatsugae #ganoderma #reishi
Happy Summer Solstice! The days are long and the light continues to flicker as the short bit of darkness moves in! And then the giant beetle flies stupidly into my head, moving me in!
A reminder of how important it is to know the area before foraging. This place has an abundance of edibles and medicinals, that I'm sad to have to pass up. This sign only needs to be up for 3 days, but there is a sign at the entrance informing of the project to eliminate invasives. Always keep your eyes open and talk to people, spend time and get to know the location and surroundings.