Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fun With Foraging: Munching Through Idaho's Wild Foods Landscape

Posted By on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Foods foraged in the mountains near McCall
  • Guy Hand
  • Foods foraged in the mountains near McCall.

In the July 22 issue of Boise Weekly, you'll read about how I went foraging with one of Idaho’s best known wild-foods experts, Darcy Williamson. She led a small group of us into the mountains close to her lifelong home of McCall to show us what a crazy assortment of munchable plants we Idahoans have waiting just beyond our doorsteps. Williamson taught us how to harvest Brown’s peony, stinging nettle, lodgepole pine needles, huckleberry leaves and a bunch of other edible flowers, tubers and lichens too long to list.

The lunch she cooks up afterward is not merely the kind of spread a starving survivalist would love either: It’s truly tasty—and makes me wonder why I hadn't discover sauteed nettles and pine needle tea sooner.

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