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Summer Foraging and Night Tracking Workshops Announced…

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Foraging – Saturday 7/18/15 http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

Night Tracking – Saturday 7/18/15 http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/tracking.html

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P.E.M.U. 0004 – Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your own botanical journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant is a springtime favorite, Wild Lettuce..

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Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Aster Family – Botany in a Day page 163

Identification – Nature’s Garden page 425

  • “V” shaped mid-vein with hairs
  • Tan milky sap
  • Hollow stem

P-oisonous

  • Potential narcotic effect

E-dible

  • Leaves – raw
  • Leaves – cooked
  • Stem – raw
  • Stem cooked

M-edicinal

  • Sap – sedative (Lactucarium)
  • Sap – warts
  • Infusion – sedative

U-seful

Wild lettuce, wild boar, and sochan..

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Resources:

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lactuca+canadensis

Eattheweeds – http://www.eattheweeds.com/the-lettuce-labyrinth-sorting-out-species-2/

Interested in learning more about the Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plants around us? Check out BPO’s foraging classes http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

P.E.M.U. 0003 – Ramps (Allium tricoccum)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant are a mountain favorite, Ramps…

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Ramps. Wild Leeks (Allium tricoccum)

Amaryllis Family – Onion Subfamily – Page 196 Botany in a Day Elpel

Identification – Page 144 Forager’s Harvest Thayer

  • Flat thickened leaves with onion smell
  • Flowers appear after leaves wither

P-oisonous

E-dible

  • Bulbs – raw
  • Bulbs – cooked
  • Bulbs – pickled
  • Leaves – raw
  • Leaves – cooked
  • Flowers – raw

M-edicinal

  • Used like garlic
  • Earaches

U-seful

  • Insect repellent

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Ramps can be easily over-harvested due to their slow growing nature and commercial demand, so go easy on your ramp patch.

Ramp dip – http://ediblemadison.com/recipes/view/creamy-ramp-dip

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Ramps, morels, and scrambled eggs…
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More ramps and eggs…

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And ramps, crappie, and a wild salad…

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Resources: 

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Allium+tricoccum

Interested in learning more about the Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plants around us? Check out BPO’s foraging classes http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

Spring P.E.M.U. Rain Forest Tour & Recipes…

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It rained, it poured, and it seemed like we were trekking in a rain forest, but that didn’t keep these eager foragers from hitting the woods and learning what to use for food, medicine, fire, and cordage.

Hog peanut man..

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The “work” part of workshop and Julie’s new necklace..

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The not-so-elusive groundnut…

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Swamp people…

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Salad and poke..

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Wild pesto and creamy ramp dip (http://ediblemadison.com/recipes/view/creamy-ramp-dip)

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Strawberry Curly Dock pie – adapted from http://www.food.com/recipe/strawberry-rhubarb-pie-125515

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Picture of chaga and the link for the tea we drank  https://bigpigblog.com/2014/12/08/chaga-survival-mushroom-powerhouse/

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And the link to affordable, decent rain gear. Sign up for email discounts and wait for coupons. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~marmot-precip/?perPage=24

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Thanks to all the foragers for a great class and leaving me some pie!! Eating it as I type 🙂

And many thanks to my wife for making the treats.

Interested in jump starting your journey into foraging. Check back here for the next P.E.M.U. workshop http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~marmot-precip/?perPage=24

P.E.M.U. 0002 – Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant is another yard food, Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

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Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Family – Page 114 of Botany in a Day – Elpel

Identification – Page 274 of Newcomb’s

  • Single line of hairs down stem
  • Sap not milky

P – oisonous

  • Can be distinguished from poisonous look-a-likes by absence of milky sap 

E – dible

  • Raw
  • Cooked
  • Pesto
  • Cream soup

M – edicinal

  • Skin poultice
  • Skin ointment
  • Tea for coughs

U – seful

  • Weather indicator 

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Chickweed pesto… chickweed, olive oil, some garlic, parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds, and salt

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Resources: 

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Stellaria+media

Eat The Weeds – http://www.eattheweeds.com/chickweed-connoisseurs-2/

Interested in learning more about the Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plants around us? Check out BPO’s foraging classes http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

P.E.M.U. 0001 – Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant is a favorite spring edible of mine and probably growing right in your yard or close to it.

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Curly Dock, Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)

Buckwheat Family – Page 113 of Botany in a Day – Elpel

Identification – Page 85 of Wildflowers of Tennessee – Horn & Cathcart

  • Wavy leaf margins
  • Small green flowers

P – oisonous

  • Curly dock contains oxalic acid and should be eaten in limited quantities. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid it.

E – dible

  • Leaves (young) – raw, cooked, soup, or dried
  • Petioles – raw or cooked
  • Flower stalks – raw or cooked
  • Seeds – grain, sprouts, or coffee substitute

M – edicinal

  • Iron supplement
  • Bile stimulant
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Laxative
  • Skin compress – psoriasis
  • Sting relief  for nettles

U – seful

  • Dye
  • Drinking straw

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While it’s sourness is a great addition to salads, cooked Curly Dock is outstanding with equal parts tomatoes and onions (recipe from Nyerge’s book).

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Strawberry Curly Dock pies…

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I got sidetracked from my PEMU project last week, but building the BUSAR team had to get done.

It may take me a few runs to figure out the format, citing, etc, and where I want to take the project. There are plenty of great foraging blogs and PFAF’s database is top shelf. For now, I think my role in the green kingdom is as a motivator to get out and actually try stuff. If I have tried it, it will be in bold letters.

“Do work!!” the motto of my old fight gym, pertains to foraging too, so read up in Thayer’s or Kallas’ book for great edible info and most herbal medicine books will have Curly Dock listed.

Use the PEMU template https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ to start your own journey and you will be amazed at the bounty that surrounds us.

Resources:

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Rumex+crispus

Eat The Weeds – http://www.eattheweeds.com/rumex-ruminations/