Foraging – A Northern Michigan Tradition
Foraging (noun) :
the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter.
Foraging for mushrooms
Foraging for Ramps
Ramps, or wild leeks, are a member of the onion family. They have a mild onion/garlic flavor that can brighten any dish. Unlike many of the onion type plants, ramps are very difficult to grow in your garden, and a ramp patch can be destroyed if over harvested. Selling at $12.50 per pound, collecting these guys could haul you a pretty penny.
Foraging for Fiddle Heads
Fiddle heads are the unfurled fronds of ferns. They have a delicate ‘green’ flavor, somewhat like asparagus. These delicacies are only available fresh in the spring time of the year when the ferns are just peeking their heads up out of the ground.
Try waking up your spring pallet with these amazing foraged foods! Here is a springtime go-to that my family loves.
So, whether you call it foraging, or just mushroom hunting take a walk through the woods and see what you can find!