Foraging: Lady Ferns

Lady Fern Fronds

My new favorite wild food this year is Lady Fern, and right now it’s just starting to spring out of the ground. This easy to identify, easy to cook, tasty wild treat will be in prime harvesting season for the next two to four weeks. Any of the voluminous field guides on plants in the Northwest will be able to help you competently tell lady fern apart from its sister species. The easiest fern to mistake it for is Bracken Fern, which is also sprouting…

Wild nettles, Cattail Stalks, Dandelion Greens – Spring is here!

It is nearing the end of March and while I have a dozen boat projects pending, I also have home and yard tasks that need done. I was doing my first spring lawn mowing and found a great batch of dandelions growing in the yard and along the street, I picked a few. I then looked around a bit further and found the beginnings of my nettle patch starting to leaf. I picked a few greens from around the house and then decided to take…

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