We have food in abundance all around us. In spring, it's exciting to be able to eat fresh from the land once again. These foods can all be found in Wisconsin, and are a great way to connect back to nature, the Earth, and the bounty of the seasons. I hope you'll try some out!
Dandelions are sure to be popping up soon! I have seen a few a bit south of where our house is. Dandelions can be a great nutritional food source, and there are lots of ways to harvest and prepare them. You can read more on my ideas for that here.
In the meantime, I came across this recipe for "Poor Man's Honey", and thought I'd share it with you! It looks like a good one!
Wild Ramp and Potato Soup
I think the thing I will miss most about our old house is the huge patches of wild ramps that we had growing everywhere. I haven't been able to find any around this area, which makes me extremely sad. Our family loves to eat wild ramps chopped up on homemade pizza or mixed into our scrambled eggs. This potato soup recipe is a simple, inviting, and delicious option too!
Young cattail shoots are just starting to make their appearance. Cattails were a large part of the diets of the Native tribes who once inhabited this state, and they can be on your dinner plate too in this Cattail Rice.
You have to be careful with mushrooms, but there are some delicious varieties right here in Wisconsin. These can be dehydrated and stored for later, enjoyed fresh, or cooked up in dinner. This website is a great resource for beginner mushroom hunters like me and gives lots of information and ideas on how and where to find mushrooms.
Lambsquarters is a "weed" that is found in most of our gardens....but it can be extremely useful! This website talks about how to identify this plant, and this recipe is a delightful way to use it on pizza!
If you try any of these recipes, be sure to share! What is your favorite thing to forage for in spring?
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