Ostriches & Wildwood Foraging

Ostrich fern with last year's spore stalk still attached.

Ostrich fern with last year’s spore stalk still attached.

Earth is sacred, and if you live well with her, she will look after you.  And with that philosophy, Daphne and I set out into the wildwood yesterday to do a little springtime wild food foraging.  There were a lot of things on our shopping list: morel mushrooms, black horns and devil’s urns (also mushrooms), dandelions, dock, amaranth  feral rhubarb, wild asparagus, and ostrich ferns (a.k.a. fiddleheads).  We trekked from the lowest points to the heights of the mountain and found a good deal, not least of which was an abundance of tasty ostriches.  We steamed some last night.  The taste was much like asparagus.  In other words–delicious!  If you would like to learn how to identify and where to find the ostrich fern, just look up the “Island of the Ostrich . . . Ferns”, under the heading: Naturalist Lore.

Or follow this link: https://cliffseruntine.wordpress.com/naturalist-lore/island-of-the-ostrich-ferns/

Daphne prepares to set off with me on another wildwood adventure.  The season of foraging has arrived!

Daphne prepares to set off with me on another wildwood adventure. The season of foraging has arrived!

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