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How to make Chaga tea

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus ) is a superfood aptly named the ‘gold’ of the forest. Find it growing on older, dead or dying birch trees in BC.  It’s a wild mushroom that’s as hard as a rock, but can be smashed into small particles to make into tea. This is an ancient medicine used by cultures…

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July 27, 2019

Bull kelp recipes

Furikake I love harvesting bull kelp, it makes a salty snack with tons of umami. Here are some tips to harvesting your own and one of my recipes for using the blades of the seaweed. Harvest some bull kelp blades, rinse them and dry roast them in the oven at 150F till just brown (er)…

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July 22, 2019

How to harvest bamboo shoots

There are hundreds of species of bamboo, all of which are edible. Some are better than others, many species only grow tough, bitter shoots, which must be cooked for a long time to be edible. Black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) grows well in our lower mainland (BC) climate and is very tasty, just make sure you…

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May 23, 2019

Foraging for stinging nettles in BC

Stinging nettles are a nutritious and tasty forest snack, easily found in the forests and by waterways like ditches in BC. They taste a bit like spinach and are packed with the vitamins and minerals that are so good for a body. They grow plentifully and must be harvested in spring with gloves to protect…

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April 3, 2019

How to harvest mussels in BC

Learning how to harvest mussels in BC is one of the most fun, simple foraging trips that anyone can do.  I’m surprised at how many people are really intimidated about harvesting their own shellfish in BC. Mostly, it’s for fear of getting sick from red tide (PSP).   Here is all the information you need…

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January 4, 2017