Wild edibles are a pleasure to discover, when identified correctly. The feeling of ecstasy can easily misguide the senses into confusing incorrect ranges for the real thing. Fiddleheads and morel mushrooms are 2 types which contain edible and inedible equivalents that is distinguishable with a little knowledge.
Morel mania. Swept away by the giddiness of discovering the evasive types, I quickly fill my basket up until it is overflowing with hundreds of morels – a record discover! Verpa bohemica, incorrect morel.
Prepared to kick the smiling ferryboats, I question how I puzzled the two species. Research exposes an easy mistake. Although Verpa bohemica and Morchella elata look identical from the outdoors, the stem and cap attachment specifies the truth. Real morels are hollow from stem to cap, while incorrect morels are attached like a thimble. The stem of incorrect morels has fairy floss like fluff on the inside. It’s that easy unless the mushroom haze clouds your brain.
Harvest the correctly determined Morchella by cutting the stem simply above the ground. Be mindful to leave a great quantity behind so spores can increase in the following years. Clean the mushroom by gently washing and brushing; do not let too much water be absorbed into the flesh.
The entire mushroom is edible; so do not be reluctant to cook up the entire thing. Large sufficient caps can be packed with meat, cheese, and seasonings, while smaller ones can be sliced in delicate rings and seasoned with oil, lemon, and spices. Dishes are endless, simply be creative and cook completely!
The edible varieties can be differentiated from their carcinogen containing cozs, the Braken Fern, by analyzing the stems. The tips of the Bracken Fern have eagle-like talons, while edible varieties are rigidly coiled in one singular stem.
Harvest just little, firm, and tightly coiled samplings by snipping the stem about an inch under the coil. The University of Maine’s Extension Agriculture program provides a video on sustainable harvesting guidelines.
Put the cut pieces in cold water and rub off the papery exterior, exposing the intense green under layer. When cleaned, fiddleheads should be cooked right away or saved in the refrigerator for no more than 1 day. Just like a lot of wild edibles, never eat them raw. The snappy vegetable can be steamed, boiled, sauteed, battered and fried, or grilled. Whichever method you cook fiddlehead, you will certainly be thrilled with its clean nutty asparagus taste. Devoted to the love of this particular species, Fiddle-heads. com contains a wide variety of links to dishes.
Errors provide good lessons too, unless the result is death (that is an Into the Wild reference, not sheer morbidity). Forage far, and forage broad.