Top Wild About Foraging Posts on Hunger and Thirst 2010

A few years back, I quit a fancy laboratory job because I felt trapped, always stealing glances out the window, my soul screaming to be outside. And now, to a large extent, those daydreams are being fulfilled. My fat tires kick up dust on the trail, and you can often find me wandering beneath blankets of fir and ponderosa. So it just makes good sense that while I'm out and about, exploring my environment, that I should be collecting for wildcrafts as well. Foraging has deepened my connection to this beautiful place where I live, has forced me to become intimate with her rhythms and tides.

So it's no longer just a playful thing for me to cook with found foods, it's an expression of who I am, because I am so very much of this place. My cells are made of these Rocky Mountains, my compass always points me back home.

I have so many wonderful memories of the wild foods I've even over this last year. Please share a few of my favorite discoveries from the year.

Morel Mushrooms - I'm not sure I would have been bitten by the foraging bug as hard as I was if it hadn't been for morel mushrooms. I was completely dumbfounded to find a gourmet ingredient that I'd always dreamed of tasting. And there they were, growing next to a little tree, looking like tiny aliens. And they tasted far better than I could have even imagined.
Cattail pollen - I was about to write off cattail pollen as not worth the effort ... until I tried cattail pollen pancakes, which are nothing short of magical. Ok, so you like pancakes? Well, imagine them tasting like the best flower you've ever smelled.
Milkweed Pods - My new favorite food to stuff.
Boletus Edulis - I was only vaguely interested in mushrooming until I found my first bolete. From here on, you can only consider me mad for mushrooms.
Evening Primrose Root - So mysterious and spicy, and makes better "horseradish" than the horseradish I grew in my garden.
Dock - The humble leaf that has made me reconsider my need to grow green leafies in my garden.
Squirrel - Do you like sweet and succulent meat? Squirrel - it's the other dark meat.

Hungry for more foraged foods?  Check out this list of wild foods that I sampled last year.

I'm sharing this review with the Hearth and Soul hopReal Food Deals (hooray, I love a bargain!), Pennywise Platter, Real Food Wednesday.


  1. I just love morel mushrooms. I live on Vancouver Island and there is some wonderful foraging here.

  2. Hey butter, I think we first really started talking seriously about foraging when you were looking for more cat tail pollen and it has just grown and grown since then! I look at your list and I know I totally enjoyed having the dock, which I look forward to in the spring with my dandelion greens as well. I marked in my memory places with cattails so I can try your pollen harvesting and pancake recipe and also the milk weed pods! So much to look forward to in the different seasons and not just my wild raspberry season in july~ thanks so much for hosting and posting on the hearth and soul hop and sharing your wild side with us! Happy new year and big hugs! Alex

  3. I think I can find Dock even around here, because I know I have noticed it before. Of course it was considered a weed then!

  4. I love reading about your adventures it makes me more aware of the wonderful things just waiting for me. Thank you for sharing this post.

  5. I have to admit, squirrel's and morel's are a significant part of our diet around here. The growing season for that particular 'shroom is rather short around here so they're more valuable than gold. Love the 2010 list and thanks for co-hosting the Hearth and Soul hop.

  6. This post just made me smile and smile - I realized that I was your bloggy friend for most of these finds - that I lived vicariously through you and your wild side!!! I am looking forward to learning more and tapping into a bit of my own wild side!!
    Awesome roundup - glad you linked it to the Hearth and Soul Hop!!

  7. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...You Are Awesome! You're a total inspiration to me and I know that come Spring thaw, I'm at least going to set out to forage one thing per season. To start with. Baby Steps. I loved all of these are totally rockin' the hearth and soul hop this week. And every ;)

  8. I am adding cattail pancakes to my list of things to do and try in 2011! I love your foraging posts! I can't believe how many of the items I have found on my property. I will definitely be walking the creek behind my property searching for cattails.

  9. Lyndsay - I can only imagine, but it seems that Vancouver Island would offer a near ideal foraging environment.

    Alex and Melynda - I'm patiently awaiting the return of dock, myself. I'm hoping there will be at least two months of dock harvest before the bugs appear and it starts flowering.

    Jason - Squirrels and morels, the food of love. I get a little weak at the knees just thinking about them <3

    Christy - I just can't wait to see your wild side ;)

    Heather - That's just the thing - baby steps. One forage per season, something nice and comfortable and familiar, and you are well on your way.

    Alea - Just be prepared to fall hopelessly in love with cattail pollen pancakes. They're a once a year treat, and I've found it's true, that absence makes the heart grow fonder.


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