wild food foraging


“Chicken of the woods” (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Chattahoochee national Forest
September 21st 2015

There are generally two types of Chicken Of The Woods. One that has yellow pores and one that has white pores. We generally find the white pore variety close to the ground where the old trunk or roots of a decaying tree still remain. The yellow poor variety is usually found growing on the trunk of a dead or dying tree. Personally we prefer the white variety because it seems to be a little thicker which makes it slightly better when cooked. We have posted photos of both white and yellow variety. But regardless of what variety you find it is a tasty edible! The texture is really like chicken meat. If one were to slice the mushroom thick, sauté them in a pan with butter and chicken stock, one would easily believe that they are eating chicken. It’s great in a roast or a stirfry too.
It’s exciting when finding this mushroom because it pops out of the forest with its bright orange and yellow color. It’s beautiful and is supple to the touch. Here in the Southeast, we wait until the temperatures change, the leaves begin to turn, and have had about a week of rain. We keep an eye out when hiking or when driving the gravel roads in the mountains we keep our eyes peeled and take it slow.
We consider the Chicken Of The Woods mushroom in the top five safe mushrooms for beginners to forage. Always consult an expert before consuming wild mushrooms. Below is a link to further reading on this mushroom.

Chicken Of The Woods Wikipedia link:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laetiporus

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Wild damsons - Prunus domestica subsp. insititia

Spotted as I went for a spin on my bike around north Worcestershire. Although not the huge industry it once was, the county is still famous for producing stone fruit, apples and pears so I often come across wild trees in hedgerows as I cycle about. These ones aren’t quite ripe so I’ll head back out this way in a week or two.

In Celtic Ireland, not only were wild boars and sows held in high esteem, but so were domestic pigs; and the swineherds who tended them were credited with magical powers. Their herds of swine would have been semi-wild, foraging for food in the forests of kings; the herders were thus semi-wild themselves and imbued with the woodland’s magic. The Táin Bó Cúailnge and other ancient texts tell stories of swineherds who battle each other in contests of magic, or who utter prophesies at key moments in the lives of heroes and kings.

anonymous asked:

Do you have a post or a list of things you need to get started with hermit crabs? I found some that need to be adopted and I am having a hard time figuring out what they need. I'm getting 3 so idk how many of each thing I need and stuff like that. Anything would help! Thanks :)

I don’t have one yet! Here are a couple of graphics from one of the Facebook groups I’m in, for easy reference & picture inclusion. The group is Hermit Crab Owners (link also in the graphics) & I do have permission to share the pictures - 

For food, I have a shopping post that covers places you can get a lot of safe foods for them - http://fantasticbeastsandhowtokeepthem.tumblr.com/post/163212684474/hermit-crab-food-shopping

I still need to do the other post I have planned, that includes links to safe food lists and some links to nutrition info & balanced diets, but it’ll be linked to from the shopping post once it’s done! 

As far as how many you need of things….

- Two pools, one of fresh & one of salt (deep enough to submerge completely, but with a way to get out safely, like plastic craft mesh or fake plants/vines)

- food bowls can really be as many as you want - I have a main dry food dish, two supplement dishes, and a foraging/wild foods dish. Fresh foods go in in clam shells or separate dishes so I can remove them sooner & wash.

- Hides - as many as you can! Sometimes they’ll all clump & hide together, sometimes they want their own space. Coconut hides are popular most of the time. Having lots of cover in the form of fake plants & such helps make them more comfortable, I think.

- Shells - at least 5-6 extra shells per crab, of appropriate type and size

Let me know if you have more questions & I can help! :)