Two of my elder neighbors in the Ozarks were avid mushroom hunters and had gathered mushrooms every year for their entire lives there. One summer they were wandering the woods and came across one little mushroom they had never seen before, and picked it. They wondered if they should try it, since it might be poisonous and might kill them.
…there’s nothing quite so efficient as two rocks and a knife. Unless like me, you own a granite mortar and pestle, even better than two rocks. I’m several days away from acorn bread even if I get the acorns cracked and shelled today, but standing there and sorting them out one by one gives me plenty of time to think. Acorns always make me think of chestnuts.
There’s nothing quite like food that’s a little scary. Some people won’t eat pokeweed, poke salad, or poke sallit, because they fear it. A fair amount of wild food is like that, safe enough if you know what you’re doing, … Continue reading