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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 05 10:50 am    Post subject: Good foraging weekend!  Reply with quote    

Picked a basket full of goodies this weekend.

Chicken of the woods
St. Georges mushrooms
Ground elder

But the prize was a new patch of Japanese knotweed; it's tiny, no more than five feet across, and it's likely to stay relatively limited because it's on a really dry patch of ground. Although it's probably technically illegal to do so, I helped myself to three poind or so of good, young stems for a batch of wine, which is now happily fermenting in a corner of the kitchen.

The Highways Agency almost killed the patch I used to visit; it'll come back (there are one or two shoots; it will be back!) but not in any quantity, at least not this year. In a sort of twisted way I'm happy to find another little patch.

Got nearly enough water mint for wine; that's frozen till I have enough for a batch.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 05 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We found a couple of chicken-of-the-woods and quite a few Jew's Ears. Quite a few of the Ears had dried on the stem of the Elder and I tried soaking one in hot water when I got it how and it expanded just like the shop ones.

We also have a small bag of wild garlic from a patch that's well over the size of a couple of football pitches.


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 05 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow, good haul! What are you going to do with the garlic (other than make sure you both eat some at any time, of course)?

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