I'd love to learn to forage more (nettles, fiddleheads, mushrooms) - anyone know a good guide-lead lesson or other way to learn?
MUSHROOM STORIES. Oh boy! I love mushroom stories.
They come in two varieties, those for culinary delights, looking for chanterelles and such, and the ones the Japanese pay us handsomely to find.
The other is the search for the vision-producing mushrooms. Those are trickier. I'd always seen Amanita Muscaria in books, but until I moved to the Pacific Northwest I'd never seen a live one. They're lovely. I believe their juice kills flies.
I'd never tried the local varieties of vision-producers, because as far as I was concerned the stories of the people who look for them were wrong.
In Arkansas, we wander the fields, not so much looking for the mushrooms, but listening for them to call us. When they do, we answer. And we brew tea. Mushrooms grow in cow pies. Actually, a brother of mine did some research and the mushrooms are about 200-400 years old and are waiting for the cow pies to fall on them before sending up mushrooms. Which means they didn't evolve for cows. When they were little tiny spores they were looking for buffalo.
Here in the PNW the stories aren't like that. No one listens for mushrooms. In fact, the one time I heard the mushrooms calling me it was on the Columbia river, and it turned out to be a couple of guys who had brought their 'shrooms from Arkansas. They shared them with me, and I let them use my boat. It was beautiful.
But the local stories don't have enough magic in them for me to trust. What I hear is a lot of greed for a certain mind-set, not a desire to touch the holy. So I avoid the locals shrooms.
Stale bread, salmon dipnet, Greenlake, dusk... Duck, squirrel & the occasional goose or turtle.
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