Month: May 2013

Joe Steele, a Man of Morels

I have spent countless hours in the woods in search of this elusive beast we call the Morel mushroom. The coveted creme de la creme of wild fungi that seems to motivate people, who do not consider themselves foragers, to scour the woods with a fine toothed comb every spring. Maybe it’s the fact that …

Kentucky Coffee Tree, a Mammoth Discovery

The Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) gets its common name from the discovery that an extremely convincing coffee-like beverage can be brewed from its roasted seeds. During the revolutionary and civil wars soldiers that were cut off from supply chains found comfort in a hot cup o’ Joe made from these legumes. This beverage was in …

Wild Asparagus Out of Season

I am a drive by asparagus forager. I might make my way to gather it up on foot, but I typically spot it from the car, usually adult plants and almost always way out of season. My big brother, Kyle, taught me this technique and it has proven effective time and again.   Here in …