Forager’s Report – 6.15.15
- Beach Greens (Honckenya peploides)
- Goose-tongue (Plantago maritima)
- Lovage (Ligusticum scoticum)
- Salmon Berries (Rubus spectabilis)
- Beach Asperagus (Salicornia virginica)
- Cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus)
We’re in a bit of a lull right now, between the luscious green sprouts of the spring and early summer, and the plethora of mushrooms of the late summer and fall. However, this year, with the extraordinary sun and heat we’ve been having in Southeast Alaska, it looks like the berries are coming in early! I’ve seen salmon berries all over the place and walked through a patch of cloudberries that look like they’ll be ripe in the next three weeks or so!
While not exactly a foraging item, this last weekend I went out for Dungeness crab and brought home 18 huge keepers! From what I’m seeing on social media, a lot of other people have been pulling in loads of crab, so if you’ve got a boat (or a friend with a boat) get out there. We pulled both pots and rings with great success. Expect a dungee recipe pretty soon.
Beau’s delicious spruce-tip gnocchi have been making the rounds! I’ve now cooked both my fresh and frozen gnocchi, which were equally delicious.
Natasha, from Alaska Knit-Nat posted her take on her website and as a guest post for Julia O’Malley‘s great site. As Beau commented, basically we’ve created a gnocchi chain letter. Looking forward to more chain mail in the future!