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Aug 2, 2013 03:41 AM

'wild food' from your neck of the woods?

What's something you've eaten that's a local wild favourite?
Picked, hunted, trapped or...bonus points for things that I might never have seen, let alone tried!
Here in New Zealand, muttonbird or titi; the unfledged young of an endemic seabird, are hauled from their burrows, plucked, salted and packed in buckets.
They are extremely fatty, but the really challenging thing about them is because of their 100% seafood diet, they taste kind of like a ducky anchovy.
Either a delicacy or an abomination, depending on your taste!
Apparently my taste runs to anchovy flavoured greasy birds...

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  1. Game of all sorts is readily available in supermarkets and farmers markets where I am. I regularly eat mallard, pigeon and rabbit as well as the more common venison (although much of the latter is farmed. The smaller birds, like snipe and woodcock, are available in season but, whilst I've eaten them, I find that they are a fiddle to eat because of their small size.

    1. Caribou is my favorite 'four-legged' meat.
      Wild garlics are excellent.

      1. We always have a wild turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Very often a ham made from wild boar as well. The men in my family are great hunters, always having venison (tenderloin, steaks, sausage, jerky), rabbit, dove, squirrel, duck, quail, and of course dozens of varieties of fresh-caught fish, usually fileted, battered, and fried. Once a year the uncles all get together and go frog- gigging and then have a fried frog leg feast, with which no women will have any truck whatsoever. As for wild non-animal groceries, strawberries, blackberries, dewberries, spring onions (scunnions), collards, mustard greens, and ramps are common in my family.
        When it comes to food, it's not a bad life here.

        1. For me, at the Shore, it's big, wild caught striped bass and bluefish.

          1. Living in the northern Great Lakes--morel mushrooms. Pickers all have their own super secret picking spots in the woods they rarely even want to pass on even to their children except on their death beds. Here in northern Michigan a picker with a good area can get 8-10 pounds in a day and if you're goofy/smart enough to sell at market go for about $60/pound US last time I checked. Any I find are mine--couldn't give them up for any price (yeah, right ;-)