This months box:
Dried Porcini and Morel Mushrooms (Mendocino/Humboldt Valley)
Dried Mushrooms, left to refresh in water for about 20 minutes, can be cooked just like fresh. It takes about 10 lbs of fresh wild mushrooms to make 1 lb dried. Drying actually concentrates the flavor of many mushrooms, such as the bolete. The Boletus edulis mushroom (bolete) was first described in 1783 by the French botanist Pierre Bulliard and still bears its original name. The Porcini, or King Bolete, is always an exciting find in California since they’re rare and delicious. Porcini are great sautéed with a little (or a lot) of butter.
Orange and Foraged Lemon Juice
Foraged in our own backyard, these lemons were rescued from certain rotting. We got some fresh squeezed OJ and added foraged lemon juice to give it a good sour bite.
Sea beans (Bolinas)
Pickle weed is a small succulent, with leaves that are waxy on the outside and full of moisture on the inside. Its leaves are long, thin, and round, like little fingers. Pickleweed flowers between April and September, but its tiny yellow flowers can only be seen upon careful examination. Pickle weed grows in the low- to middle-tide zone in the marsh, which means that it gets covered up by water some of the time. It’s delicious fresh as a garnish, or if you want to get creative in the early morning hours, check out the recipe below.
Wild Foraged Bay Leaves
The very same bay laurel leaves that you see (and smell) all over California, can be used in cooking. The aroma is a bit stronger than store bought, so use sparingly in your favorite soups.
Wild Foraged Blackberries
That’s right, collected just yesterday…they’re delicious. We had to exercise some serious self control not to eat them all as we picked. These blackberries come from Mendocino county.
Seabeans Sauteed with onions
This week we wanted to give you an idea of a good way to cook those seabeans you get so often in your box. Here they are, sautéed with some onions, garlic, pepper, and just a pinch of sugar to cut the saltiness. Hope you like them.
Wild Foraged Mint
Use this just like regular mint, the taste is a bit more intense with the wild variety.