Did you know you can hike around the mountains near Salt Lake and actually forage for wild foods like mushrooms, mint, violets, nette, and carrots? Well neither did I, until Vanessa, from She Craves, spilled all of her secrets on #foodfeed the other day. She told us the best times of year and the best areas to find these little treasures. We also talked this week about using weeds from your yard in salads and using vegetable scraps to make delicious recipes. Here’s the scoop from our #foodfeed:
- In the Salt Lake canyons you can find mint, nettle, wild carrots, and violets. Go to Millcreek Canyon for wild violets, Cottonwood Canyon in the fall for mushrooms, or morels in the spring. You can find chanterelles and boletus/porcini mushrooms in the Uintas in the fall. Also, keep an eye out for wild catnip, woodruff, wild onions and chives. Oh! And there’s a lot of sage (the not-eating sort) at the Mt. Olympus trail head. City Creek canyon has watercress in the stream (clean well), wild carrots, wild onions.
- If you’re harvesting nettles make sure you bring gloves. Trim, wash, then boil the nettles until stingers are gone. Use them for spinach. Or, in Italy they stuff pasta with it!
- Check out Logan, Utah, for wild asparagus. It’s all over the ditches in Richmond, actually, early spring (April/May) depending on frost. It is fantastic. It can also be found in Cove-N Cache.
- Edible weed list: chickweed, stinging nettles, lambsquarters, thistle, plantain, dandelions, & purslane.
- Purslane is a succulent, looks like a jade plant, eat round and tender, taste like lemony watercress. Use purslane as a green, for example to serve lamb over, or in a salad like this Quinoa Salad with purslane or this Purslane Greek Salad.
- Use Dandelion Greens in a salad or mix with pasta or make dandelion wine.
- Tasty flowers: You can eat green bean flowers & cucumber flowers & they taste just like the vegetable!
- Pine needles and oak leaves are edible
- Stems/leaves not to eat – tomatoes, egg plants, peppers, potatoes. Nightshade. Bad news.
Also, here are some links other topics we covered:
- watermelon rind preserves http://www.gilttaste.com/stories/5822-a-rind-is-a-terrible-thing-to-waste-watermelon-preserves-recipes
- edible weeds http://blog.greensmoothiegirl.com/2009/05/30/edible-weeds/
- potato peel uses http://www.gilttaste.com/stories/5310-reveal-the-appeal-of-potato-peels
- pumpkin seed uses http://www.gilttaste.com/stories/3597-go-nuts-with-pumpkin-seeds
- apple core uses http://www.gilttaste.com/stories/2570-apple-core-values
- celery leaves, sweet potato tops, squash vines, edible flowers, cilantro roots: http://simplegoodandtasty.com/2011/08/15/edible-vegetable-trimmings
Tune into #foodfeed on twitter every Thursday at 3:15pm. This week we’ll be covering this seasons ingredients and recipes.