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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:
Prepare a dish (soup, salad, entree, side, etc.) that uses at least a cup of one of:
- dandelion (blossoms or leaves)
- wild mushrooms (must be cooked)
- nettles
- miner's lettuce
- lambs quarter
- purslane
- acorns (must be prepared properly)
- burdock root (must be cooked)
- chickweed
- wild sorrel
- red-root amaranth (pigweed)
- watercress
- rose hips

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - A picture of one of the plants in the wild
 - A picture of obviously more than a cup of foraged ingredients (or pic of the ingredients in a measuring cup)
 - A picture of the finished dish
 - A description of what the dish is

Clarifications:
 - This is "Foraging" so the plants can not be cultivated by you.
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Laetiporus Sulpherous, the delicious Chicken of the Woods.  This time 'round we made a gravy and doused it over fried eggs.  Also delicious in curry.  I pickled some in ACV that are . . . interesting . . . but I haven't figured out how to use them yet.
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chicken of the woods cut
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chicken of the woods gravy
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The PEP event crew went for a stroll to the creek sfter a woodland care sesh and looked around for some food. Mostly on the hunt for Morels but surrounded by a variety of greens. Miner's lettuce, Sorrel, Fire weed, Dandelions and Violets. I harvested Miner's lettuce. This simple dish was made up of Miner's lettuce, Raisins, Sunflower seeds, juice of 1/3 lemon and some pepper. Delecious
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miner's lettuce
miner's lettuce
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harvested miner's lettuce
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miner's lettuce
miner's lettuce
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miner's lettuce salad
miner's lettuce salad
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- A picture of one of the plants in the wild

miner's lettuce

- A picture of obviously more than a cup of foraged ingredients (or pic of the ingredients in a measuring cup)


- A picture of the finished dish

A miner's lettuce salad with dandelion flowerand wild violet flower.  
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Watercress soup with homegrown potatoes and garlic
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watercress
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soup ingredients
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potatoes peeled
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washed watercress
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watercress soup
watercress soup
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Miner's lettuce, sheep sorrel, and a few violets for a foraged salad.
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foraging for a salad
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foraged miner's lettuce salad
foraged miner's lettuce salad
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foraged miner's lettuce salad
foraged miner's lettuce salad
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I harvested wild greens for tonight's stir fry:  sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva.

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foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva
foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva
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wild radish
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Malva
Malva
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foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva
foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva
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foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva salad
foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva salad
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foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva salad
foraged sorrel, wild radish leaves and Malva salad
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I gathered some miner's lettuce to make a salad. It took a while to gather this much since there wasn't very much where I went and I didn't want to harvest too much of any patch I found. I also grabbed a bit of wild sorrel on my way back. The salad was dressed with balsamic vinegar.
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miner's lettuce
miner's lettuce
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miner's lettuce
miner's lettuce
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miner's lettuce salad
miner's lettuce salad
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Discovered I still had some nettles that hadn't gone to seed. Happy day! Harvested the few good leaves (bugs love them this time of the year) and cooked them up in some butter. Kids devoured them and I got a few bites.
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foraged nettles
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sauted nettles
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Nettles and Liver
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Nettles dish
Nettles dish
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I foraged up a salad today.  I bet it would've tasted better if I did it back in May.  It was amazing to see the volume of wild edible greens living in our field food forest open spaces.  I picked some amaranth (weed) in the garden, sheep sorrel, wood sorrel and red amaranth in the food forest and dandelion from the yard.  The red amaranth came in as a weed in a transplant and has spread into our field (uncultivated).

To this I added some cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets and homemade chipotle maple syrup dressing.
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harvested wild greens
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wild greens salad
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About a week ago, I cooked up some more nettle. Yum!

They're cooked in butter with a little bit of salt added at the end.
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fresh nettles, just into the pan
fresh nettles, just into the pan
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All cooked up, and devoured in minutes!
All cooked up, and devoured in minutes!
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I'd like to propose a change to the plant list.  None of those plants grow in the very arid desert where I am, except the rare purslane or pigweed - mostly in parking lots - and a tiny bit of nettle in the oasis parks, where it's not allowed to be picked in most areas.

Could things like cactus, mesquite, edible succulents, etc be included?  There are also desert mustards here, but because they are considered invasive, a lot of them are sprayed.  So care is needed there...
 
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Hi Kim, the list is oriented towards plants that are roughly available in Paul's part of the world.  Sometimes similar plants from elsewhere sneak into the list but I'm not sure if arid desert plants fit the bill.
 
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