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04/18/2010

Early Spring Foraging

Dandelions are coming on--now is the time to harvest tender young shoots for a nutty treat similar to mache.  Raspberries canes growing along the easement of an abandoned home?  It may be too early for berries, but the fresh green leaves make great tea--tasty for all, especially beneficial for the ladies.

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/\ Weedy patches like this can still yield edible biomass for discerning gourmands.

\/ Shred raspberry leaves just before using, and steep at least 3-5 minutes for tea. Leaves dry well for storage.

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The garlic you planted last fall (you planted garlic last fall, right!?!) is coming up.  Fiending for garlic flavor now?  Garlic chives are fleshing out and offer a great bite until the scapes of your "real" garlic are ready for trimming. 
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Been out diggin up fiddleheads and wild leeks here in the north country. Soon it will be Morel season as well.

looking for local mid-michigan mushrooms? It's madness, but March is the new May: see http://noise.typepad.com/dig_in/2010/03/march-madness.html

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