The Beech Rooter was among the new finds of last season. You can find them in deep woods, many growing under Beech Trees, hence the name. One can hardly make a
mistake with these fungi because of the plant-like bulbous root at the end of the stem. They have a mild but distinct taste. Quite delicate they sautee up very quickly.
Along with the Beech Rooter we will be foraging for Summer Oysters, Platterful, Coral and Angel Wing Mushrooms. Edible plants: Day lilies, Wild Leek Bulbs, Wood Sorrel, Wood Nettles and more.
"The Woods are very dark and deep. But we have promises
to keep . . . and lots to forage before we sleep."
One of the most beautiful shelf mushrooms in the world, the Chicken of the Woods stands out against a forest of green, its bright orange and yellow coulorings looking
somewhat out of place but not quite. For this mushroom's qualities are both culinary and medicinal. Chicken of the Woods acquired its name because of taste. Sauteed or roasted it has the flavor and texture of
boneless chicken breast. On the medicinal side Laetiporus Sulphureous has antimicrobial properties against the pathogen. It is also a great source of antioxidants, including quercetin, kaempferol, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid
AND it contains lanostanoids, molecules that have the ability to inhibit cancerous growths. Bottom line, isn't it amazing something that tastes so good is so beneficial to your health.
We're off to trails 15
minutes from Stratford to find the magic Mother Nature has to offer.
At this time of year we are on the cusp where mushroom hunting turns exciting. One
of the more highly prized fungi in the Bolete family is The King. The cap has the richest of flavours while the stalk holds
many more surprises especially when cooked into soups and stews. Last year, on a newly discovered trail, we found scores of them
nestled in the lush green ground cover of the forest. You won't want to miss hunting for these "choice" edibles that will drive
your culinary senses wild. Along with the King Bolete we will search for oyster mushrooms, gem studded mushrooms, ash boletes and more.
You can find it just about everywhere. Or so it seems. Forests, fields, lawns and meadows. Its tiny yellow flowers dot the way to a wild herb that adds its
own magic to soups, stews, salads and more. Biting into the leaf you get the subtle reminder of citrus. And, like many wild edibles, permeates the dish you are preparing. We'll be gathering these along with
Wild Watercress, Day Lilies, Wild Leek Bulbs, not to mention wild edible mushrooms such as Summer Oysters, Boletes, Gem Studded Puffballs and more.