Wednesday

the hunter-gatherer

my husband is quite the culinary provider; not only is jim an accomplished hunter of deer, goose, and duck, he has branched out into foraging.
he was in the woods working on building camp's new tandem zipline, when he spotted two big morel mushrooms growing.

morels are delicious. i'd never had them before last year, when a friend of ours generously gifted us with several he'd discovered locally. if you were to buy them in the market, i think they run about 30 bucks a pound, and they're only available for a few weeks in the spring.

i chopped them up, sauteed them in garlic butter, and ate them just like that. jim doesn't even like mushrooms, so i didn't have to share:) you can't beat fresh, delicious, locally grown, organic, and free!

we live at a camp that spans 550 mostly-wooded acres, and i'd like to do some research on foraging. i imagine that there are all sort of nutrient-rich greens that must grow wild in my own backyard, and i think it would be fun to discover.

this post is my contribution to thrifty green thursday and food roots over at nourishing days.

11 comments:

Shannon said...

I love mushrooms, but have never had morels. I would love to start my own mushroom "farm" at some point since I am completely inept at foraging for them and the consequences could be dire ;).

Thanks for participating in Food Roots!

Kostman Family said...

I grew up eating Morels and they are yummy. I mom would roll them in flour and fry them in butter. I would go out in the woods with my dad to pick them. Memories and you don't realize what you have until you don't have it.

Renee

Kostman Family said...

You will be amazed that what kind of produce you can get from a garden. It's really not to difficult. Prepare you soil, plant the plants, water and watch them grow and reap the harvest. Enjoy your adventure in gardening!

bethany said...

start foraging!i cant wait to call you "my sister, the forager"

Jenney said...

Yikes! If I started picking mushrooms I found I'd probably kill my family! Good for you on knowing what is out there.

Greenbaby said...

What a cool idea! I have to confess that we're rarely in the woods this spring as I am hugely pregnant not up for any long hikes. Still, I look forward to exploring your tip next year! Thanks for joining us this week for Thrifty Green Thursday!

Blessed said...

We need to find some morel's it's been a couple of years since we had any!

Laur D. said...

that's pretty awesome! i've never had morels, but i love a good mushroom!

Debbie said...

I am nervous about eating wild mushrooms. I need to educate myself better:)

TAMI said...

How cool is that ~ Fresh from the forest floor!!

Suzy Leonard said...

morels are all over the place where i live now...thought your picture is the closest i have come to seeing one. apparently people are caught treaspasing all the time in the spring cause they are mushroom hunting!

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