False Solomon’s Seal

Before I joined a local Facebook group about edible nature in Northern BC, I’d never heard of False Solomon’s Seal. Recently, many of the members have been posting their pictures of this strange (to me) flowering plant. I’ve long been a fan of fiddleheads but typically can’t find them close to home. So I’ve missed out on them for several years now 😦

But it’s okay! False Solomon’s Seal to the rescue!

I impulsively veered off into the bush yesterday while I was walking my dogs and I found some! There’s a ‘true’ and a ‘false’ version of this plant. I made sure I had the right one before eating it.

The last picture is the easiest way to be sure you have the proper Solomon’s Seal. False will have a flower bud on the end. True will have flowers and berries along the underside.

Let me tell you, False Solomon’s Seal IS delicious! Mild and sweet. Many people say it’s similar to asparagus but I’d disagree. Only because I suppose we all have different taste buds 🙂

Now that I know where I can pick it, and it’s close to home, I’m going for more later today. The only “aggravation” is having 2 dogs on leashes, lol. For some reason, they rarely want to go in the direction I do! Or in the same direction as each other. The rewards though (more False Solomon’s Seal for dinner, fresh air, exercise and being in nature) are well worth it.

If you can find it where you live, I highly recommend it. And here’s a link to a great website that features True and False Solomon’s Seal.

False — and true — Solomon’s seal

Wild Mushrooms

I love mushrooms! But my experience of them has been limited to what I can buy in the grocery store; white, cremini and portabello. This year has been an incredibly bountiful growing season. My brother-in-law just picked the last of the wild blueberries a few days ago. I’m going rosehip picking later today.

Foraging for wild food is new to me and I’m quickly becoming infatuated with it. And when I say foraging I mean really going gung ho. As in having enough of something to last until the following harvest. Sure, I’ve gathered the odd container of blueberries or raspberries and lots of fiddleheads but I never appreciated that I had an opportunity to preserve them for months worth of enjoyment.

I can’t wait for fiddleheads next May. I’m going to fill my freezer with them! I missed them the last 2 years in a row only because I’m chicken for going in the bush alone. My sister has no interest in going with me. Not that she’d be much help if something happened anyway! lol

Now I want to learn about wild mushrooms. I’ve never bothered to educate myself because the fear of ending up with something poisonous stuck in my head.

However, when I spotted this mound of mushrooms in my yard, I decided it’s time to wise up! IF I can eat these mushrooms . . . . I’ll be one happy camper. This thing is the size of a soccer ball!

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023024The orange mushrooms are rather odd looking and kind of scare me 🙂 I’ll find out what kind they are. Google is my usual source for information and that’s what I’m doing straight after publishing this post.

If anyone has insight to share, it would be greatly appreciated!