Shaggy Parasol Tasting Notes

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I’m resolved to get educated about this one. My mom’s huge fan, and picked them from our neighbour’s lawn when I was a teen. A small crop grew under my apple tree earlier in the year – and another couple popped up this week. Look at the SIZE!?!?…I couldn’t resist. Tasting notes: far more standard ‘mushroom’ flavor profile than the … Read More

Shaggy Mane Season 2008

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Much like with hunting other things, I got a phonecall. “Hey, there’s Shaggy Manes on my lawn, come by if you want them”. A quick drive into the countryside later, we were picking the season’s first mushrooms – always a happy moment. The patch had quite a variety from already past [as in the photo, already open and black with … Read More

Wild Raspberries

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Although the cranberries in yesterday’s post weren’t ready, these were: wild raspberries!! The raspberry-eating-munchkin in the photo below made it difficult to linger and pick, otherwise I would have LOVED to leave with a bucket of them. Instead, we mashed handfuls of them into our faces. I would have thought this would be too late for raspberries, as the garden … Read More

Wild High-bush Cranberry Jelly – New School

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Back in mid-September we were picking high-bush cranberries, as you may recall. We could have easily picked 10 times the amount, but I’ve become cautious about overdoing anything in the fall, as I tend to get over-ambitious, then get seriously tired of all the foraging, garden harvest, hunting, butchering, cleaning, packing, freezing, etc. I’m starting to choose my battles. But … Read More

Shaggy Mane Hunt 2007

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05:30 I’m up making somewhat ridiculously strong coffee for our thermal mugs in the car. I don’t care what you’re hunting – coffee at this time of day is requisite. Good friend Yen is up from Calgary, and we’ve set aside this morning to be Shaggy Mane hunting. I was excited, and actually had a hard time sleeping during the … Read More

Wild High-bush Cranberries

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My wife and I walk in a nearby ravine throughout the seasons. In August we noticed a serious yield of high-bush cranberries coming. Every few days, I’d check the ripeness. Waiting. And today, quite a few of the trees are in really perfect shape. We picked almost 6 lbs in about a half hour, and there’s easily 10 times that … Read More