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Old 07-18-2016, 02:28 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Foraging

So from a post from OutRIAArage, I never get that right, tricky to type, I guess I can't complain as my name is a word backwords and a a woodland friend.

So anyone gone out into the woods with a basket? Still trying to persuade Dear Wife that 'crap I got in the woods' is the same as Real Food (tm) from the market.

Wild onions, ramps, wild chives, and of course, mushrooms. Lets talk.

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Old 07-18-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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Purslane makes a nice salad. I've also cooked up nettles. DH refused to eat either one. A friend had a friend who would give him massive heads of Hen of the Woods, his family refused to eat it, so I got them! They would fill an entire sink. Sadly, the tree where they grew was taken out.
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Purslane makes a nice salad..
I had to look that one up, but we did have it about, hogweed right?

It is tart and salty, of course sometimes that is what you look for.

Nettles are quite nice, Now the Hen of the Woods, a great find, your poor friends that didn't get to eat that!

If I find a hen of the woods log, I am having a VERY good day, and I go back to it every time it rains.
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We also get plenty of wild raspberries around here. And I plan to harvest wild sumac berries this year. I was too late last year, they were dried out and shriveled up by the time I got to them.

Oh, and heavens no, purslane is NOT hogweed! Hogweed causes a bad rash, and is poisonous. Purslane is a succulent, it grows all over.
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Around here in PA the blueberries are known in the State Parks, and you are rather lucky if you get there and find them.
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We also get plenty of wild raspberries around here. And I plan to harvest wild sumac berries this year. I was too late last year, they were dried out and shriveled up by the time I got to them.

Oh, and heavens no, purslane is NOT hogweed! Hogweed causes a bad rash, and is poisonous. Purslane is a succulent, it grows all over.

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My parents, aunts and uncles were immigrants from Armenia. They harvested purslane wherever they could find it to make a dish with yogurt and garlic. I used to love it. Much better than the lame cucumber substitute we got when purslane was unavailable.
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Looks like hogweed to me. and never caused a rash. looks like little hogweed.

Maybe we don't have the same name for it?

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OK we do, I call it little hogweed, I didn't realize there was a large hogweed, so to wit:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea

Yeah, I grab this whenever I see it hiking. Good eating, there.

So now I'm worried about the big hogweed.

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Looking at these two links, hogweed looks nothing like purslane. However, other names for purslane include pigweed and little hogweed. So I guess precision is important here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum
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