Foraging – ideas and recipes

  • Foraging – ideas and recipes

    Posted by Summerhat-n-Chicks on April 17, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    Foraging #3

    Stinging Nettle is in season.

    It’s one of the most versatile culinary/medicinal herbs used in ancient times and besides making tinktures and teas, it was also used making things like ropes and clothing and is a great “green” to use in your mulch bin.

    If you don’t know it already, it is well worth learning more about it.

    Today, I started a Tinktur.

    Summerhat-n-Chicks replied 9 months, 4 weeks ago 8 Members · 25 Replies
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  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    April 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Foraging #1+2

    Japanese Knotweed is in season.

    Young sprouts can be prepared just like asparagus or as stir-fry with onions, garlic, carrots and mushrooms. It has a lemon- peppery taste and would make a great companion for fish.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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      April 17, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      A pic from last year when I made a quiche and had knotweed/mugwort tea.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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      April 18, 2023 at 9:22 pm

      More of Japanese Knotweed.

      Despite the beautiful weather, I stayed in the house and made pickled Knotweed using a simple dill pickle recipe with wild onions and made compote with the rest. Yesterday I set up Dandelion and made syrup today.

      Time for dessert.

  • jeffR

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    April 17, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Nice 👍

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    April 20, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Foraging tip #4 Dandelion or

    the Sun, Moon and Star weed .

    This is probably the best known weed out there and also the quintessential forerunner to be eradicated.

    Wonder why?!

    While there are many recipes out there ranging from syrup, tea, pesto, even coffee, here I share one that’s just another extra little treat to enjoy: Capers 😋

  • KramitDreams

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    April 20, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    😊

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    April 21, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Foraging # 5 Violet

    Something on the lighter side, purple that is. A pretty little thing ready plucked to be made into syrup.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    May 6, 2023 at 1:11 am

    Foraging tip #6, Garlic Mustard

    in combination with stinging nettle. Chopped, sautéed with onions and garlic and rounded off with nutmeg.

  • HammysHomestead

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    May 26, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve only used my stinging nettle dried. Just getting to know the plant and benefits. Here is mine.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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      May 27, 2023 at 3:58 pm

      Nice, is it the native version ? I have the European nettle. Love all the aspects of Nettle, from fertilizer to medical tea. Don’t need comfrey when you have nettles. 👍

  • HammysHomestead

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    May 27, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    I’m not sure of the variety. Homestead Tessie sent me seeds years ago. I would love to know more about the tea and how you use it.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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      May 27, 2023 at 6:40 pm

      As far as I know, the native variety only has stingers at the bottom of the leave, the European has them on top as well as on the bottom.

      Nettle is an anti-inflammatory, blood cleansing and more and used for all sort of stuff from joint pain, anemia, allergies, headache and much more.

      I often use it when I’m soar at the end of a day from working in the garden in teas as a basis with other herbs like knotweed or peppermint depending on how I feel.

      Generally you would use one good teaspoon of dried nettle to a regular size mug. Depending on your mixture and #of herbs, you can adjust the amount. Steep for about half a minute and sip. I usually leave the steeper in much longer, still taste great.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    May 27, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    Foraging idea #7 : Lambs quarter

    Cleaned out the front plot today and had enough Lambs Quarter to use for dinner. I call it more by its German translated name white goose foot.

    Tonight, I sautéed it with onions and added a sweeter spin to it by adding Gran berries and walnuts. 😋

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    July 30, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Continuing with my foraging tip #8 : purslane/portulaca is in full swing.

    While cleaning up the garden today, I thought of dinner. Sautéed with onions and garlic with the first harvest of fingerling and locally sourced fish.

  • Emil

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    July 31, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    Really like these posts . Thank you

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    September 4, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Foraging idea #9

    My second harvest of Mugwort, cleaned and sorted, ready to be strung up and first line is dried and can be put up.

    Mugwort can be used as a spice which I use sparingly to flavor beans, but I mostly use it as a base for teas.

    Mugwort is of the artemis family and more a medicinal than a regular food, so please do your research on it for your own use as I’m not an expert on medicinals and only share with you what I use in my kitchen.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    September 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    Foraging idea #10, making a butter from Kousa Dogwood Berries.

    Yes, the berries of the kousa dogwood are edible and raw taste like somewhere between banana and mango and a dash of cinnamon made it perfect. This was a first-timer for me and it turned out better than I thought and it will be a staple in my kitchen.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    May 28, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Wow, you think you have somewhat a recipe of it ?

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

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    May 28, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks

  • JerseyGiantChick

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    May 28, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Looking good your cooking with weeds, next time I will not feed it to the chickens and compost but use it in the kitchen.

    Curious about the potato soup recipe, weeds sure can be useful if you know how in the kitchen.

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