This is my favorite time of the year. It’s cranberry season. Over the past 7 years I have been foraging for wild cranberries. It has become a tradition for me and a few friends. Every year, I make wild cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.
Staghorn sumac has been consumed by North Americans for centuries, yet it is usually considered an undesirable and noxious weed by today's consumers. It's time to give this beautiful berry its rightful place in our local cuisine.
Fall is a great time to forage Chicken of the Woods mushrooms. The bright orange fan shaped mushroom grow like frilly shelves from the side of trees and stand out like a flag. I love to cook with Chicken of the Woods because they taste like chicken!
One of the finest mushrooms in the forest, Dusky Wax Cap Mushrooms, hygrophorus camarophyllus can be found in northern North America and throughout Northern Europe. They are in season now, and work really well in Asian recipes.
Birds, especially hummingbirds, bees and butterflies all love this plant, but its roots, flowers and leaves are used as remedies for humans. To introduce you to this plant, here is a simple tisane made from its large, velvety leaves.