This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Foraging.
Foraging is like gardening but without all the planting, weeding, nibbler protection or watering. If you live in the country there are lots of road sides to search. These must be wild foods - not gleaning or harvesting from an actively cultivated space.
Plant identification is the most important part of foraging. Get one or two good books on the edibles of your region. Be sure you know what you're picking!
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Harvest, dry and store one of the following:
One pound (fresh weight) of:
o nettle o mint
o rose hips
o pineapple weed
Five pounds (fresh weight) of:
o mushrooms Twenty pounds (fresh weight) of:
To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- A picture of one of the plants/fungi in the wild
- A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight
- A picture of the dried goodies in or with their storage container
- This is "Foraging" so the plants/fungi can not be cultivated by you.
A foraging buddy and I went hunting for oyster mushrooms. The skeeters were horrible so we were moving pretty fast. Still got over 2 lbs of oysters! Put them gill side up on a screen in the greenhouse. They dried up in a day or two.
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"
Here's some of my pictures. I'm still adding more, because a pound of mint takes a long time to harvest! (And I took pictures on multiple cameras, one of which was hauled off by kids and has yet to be found...)
Here are winecaps foraged from a garden that had wood chips applied as a mulch about 12m ago. Have dehydrated far more than one pound of fresh mushrooms but only photographed one weighed batch for the BB. Forgot to change the unit from grams to ounces. Have cooked them fresh in risotto, a chicken & ham pie and omelette😋