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Posted: 03 May 2011 08:56 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Jeff,
Consider either listing another topic for foraging or wild edibles (other than mushrooms) or adding some such thing to the mushroom hunting thread title.  I forage for a few things (asparagus, fiddleheads) and would love to hear what others are doing.
I love the site, great job.

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Posted: 12 May 2011 05:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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This has been the first year for foraging wild asparagus.  Noticed several plants this summer driving around Jefferson Co.  Aside from a great morel season, I cut some oyster mushrooms while crappie fishing Rend Lake tuesday.  They just may be better than morels, more meaty and delishish.  Going to look for chantrelles next month. 
Murdy, I am interested in fiddleheads, but hear some ferns may may one ill.  Got any info?  What else do you forage for?

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Posted: 13 May 2011 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I put a lot of faith in Sam Thayer’s work (author of Forager’s Harvest and Nature’s Garden).  Here’s a link:
http://foragersharvest.com/fern-fiddleheads-the-succulent-stalks-of-spring/
I only am familiar with ostrich ferns.  Two distinguishing characteristics are a grooved stem and bits of paper-like flecks around the plant as it emerges.  By me, north cental Illinois, they are just about past where they are harvestable.
We went to southern Wisconsin late April for turkey season and probably missed prime-morel-time around here.  Was planning to get out today, but the weather didn’t cooperate.  Looking forward to chantrelles as well.
As far as foraging generally, I’m bascially a novice.  I found a little patch of wapato near me on public land.  Parsnips and garlic mustard are everywhere.  Outside of that, I pretty much hunt mushrooms.

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Posted: 19 May 2011 02:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks for the info Murdy.  Which one of Sam Thayer’s books would you suggest purchasing if buying only one?  By the way on silo site is your avatar of HST.
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Posted: 19 May 2011 09:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Murdy! Thanks so much for suggesting this! Remember folks - every month in the print edition of Heartland I have a column that features a different wild edible or medicinal smile I think I may well be hard core forager..hmmmm… there’s lots of good stuff out there smile Something to consider.. many things that are considered weeds or invasive..are actually great for foraging and in many cultures staples of the diet..

I’m not Murdy but either of those books are good as far as I’m concerned smile

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