say that 4 times very fast!
I thought I'd hike back and check on the leeks...or wild ramps. They were too small to dig near the creek, so I headed towards the back of the property that was nearer to the ridge top.
Still not prime size, but I was hungry for forest food. Fresh forest food and if it took all day, I'd find some. I found enough leeks to flavor a dish and decided to come back in a few days when they were larger. I'd pick enough and leave enough so I wouldn't clean out the patch. I could dehydrate them to use next winter.
Charlie and I spent a long time looking for Wild Parsnip. Well, Charlie sniffed around and did dog stuff. I took the leeks home and cleaned them.
I was able to find one parsnip that was on the bank of the creek.
So I grabbed a long shovel and started a hike along the roadside on the ridge. I was pretty disappointed not to find any along the north south ditches. I crossed the neighbor's contoured crop land and hiked along the road side that had south exposure.
I found just enough for a good taste.
These roots are as ugly as ugly can be.
I used an old toothbrush to scrub them and cut out any spots. A peeler helps clean them up too.
And I tossed it all in a bowl with my frozen carrots and added a few morel mushrooms.
We'll see what this mixture ends up like tasting.
If nothing else it sure is colorful!
I also made Nettle Tea with the first leaves of nettles in the garden that I still need to clean up.
The warm tea tasted pretty good after wandering about foraging for forest food!