Eating wild!April 22, 2010 at 7:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
It’s Spring! The trees are growing green leaves, the peepers are peeping, the trilliums are blooming, and the wild edibles are everywhere.
Yesterday Emi and I found a patch of morels while checking irrigation and weeding the blueberries (a nice payoff for a not-so-bad task). score.
Then tonight Lauren, Miriam, Emi and I had an amazing dinner of pasta with nettle and garlic-mustard pesto and fried fiddleheads. Stinging nettles are growing everywhere here out of control and while they sting you when they’re fresh, if you steam them for awhile they taste nice and green and spinach-like.
Garlic mustard is also growing everywhere out of control and we just took that off the stem and blended it into the pesto raw.
Fiddleheads are the immature stalks of ostrich ferns, which happen to also be growing here, not as abundantly as our other dinner content, unfortunately, because they are totally delicious.
Those we battered and fried. They came out looking like little fried shrimps and they tasted amazing, fresh and tender and kinda asparagus-y.
Spring and fresh food are all around us. Leafy sprouts from the greenhouse are being transplanted into the sadeh. Raspberries are being planted on Beebe Hill, and baby goats are frolicking like mad. It’s a wonderful time to be here.