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V.24 No.42 | 10/15/2015

Event Horizon

There's No Taste Like Home

Saturday, Oct 24: Albuquerque Herbalism Wild Food Foraging

Join herbalist Dara Saville for an introduction to local wild foods.
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The Good Life Lab

Books for Cooks

In Search of the Good Life

New book explores practical sustainability

Author Wendy Jehanara Tremayne offers advice for a more sustainable lifestyle.
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Not exactly the mushroom I was after.
Maren Tarro


Today's Wild Finds: Suburban Foraging

The woods behind my apartment in Baltimore are full of goodies. It's still a little early, but I am finding tasty bites here and there. Cattail shoots are making a strong showing. Stripped of their leaves, the centers are a perfect replacement for genetically modified, pesticide-laden, supermarket cucumbers. And they're free, easy to find, a breeze to identify and grow in abundance. I'm waiting for them to be a bit taller before I harvest.

Wood violets are also in bloom; the flowers and young leaves make a great addition to salads. The flowers can also be used to flavor sorbets and beverages, and as decorations for cakes and pastries.

Mayapples are sprouting up all over the place, a good indication that morels are on their way. The leaves, stem and root are poisonous, but the fruits can be eaten in small quantities.

I think I may have found spicebush. The berries can be used in the same manner as allspice. I'm holding off on a definite identification until the berries ripen in a few months. Other possible finds include wild carrot, chicory and poison ivy. Not so excited about that last one.

My greatest find was fiddleheads. The young shoots of the ostrich fern are pure vegetative delight. It'll be a few days before they're tall enough to pick, but just locating them was a bit of an accomplishment. The fiddleheads, mayapples and certain trees I've identified suggest those elusive morels are soon to be mine (if the mushroom gods find me worthy and deserving).

Today's Events

Baile! Cuban-Style Salsa/Casino Classes at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Dance classes taught by Sarita Streng, Nick Babic, Adam "El Caballo" Metcalf, Larry Heard and Rueda 505 Friends.

Andrew Jackson Jihad • folk-punk at Launchpad

Meditation Leadership Certification Program at Heart of the Sacred building

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