Jerusalem artichokes are a northeastern native that has always grown around the edges of the fields and roadways where I grew up. I always knew that there were parts of them you could eat, but never spent much time actually eating them. I did, however, love their flowers. Their large yellow flowers look like some kind of daisy, sunflower cross breed and are rather pretty. I love them so much that I even had them in my wedding bouquet.
The early spring foraging in our area is starting to round down now. The morels were overheated by the ridiculous heat wave last week, the fiddleheads have long passed and the leeks, while still around aren’t as good now. And these are just a few of my favorite things. While I’m sad to see it go, I’m also excited for all the wonderful veggies about to be available in the garden.
It’s a pretty awesome thing when morels just pop up in your back yard. It happened last year as well, but honestly, I didn’t expect that kind of luck twice. There were even more of them this year, which is super exciting. I’m not holding out hope for next year so as not to be disappointed. I know that I’m eventually going to have to learn how to actually find these guys out in the wild, but for now, this works. [Read more…]
Ah, fiddlehead season. It comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Literally, if you start to see those little leaves unfurl you have a day maybe two to get those little curls before they are all open and bitter. It’s for this reason that I love growing them at my house. It allows me to know exactly when to start foraging in our area.
I’m starting to feel my age. Not in the sense that I feel feeble and tired, though I’m pretty tired of this shoulder injury, but I’m feeling it on an intellectual/emotional level. We’ve got summer interns in the office now and nothing makes you feel old like having a couple cocky young things almost 10 years younger than you hanging around. I mean really, I was one of the youngest people in the office until last week, my whole life ahead of me and all that, now looking at them I almost feel bad because they have so much to learn and suddenly they are looking at me like I know it all.