My friend Matt met up with me, and we went to Quyen’s place to pick up her camera:
From there, we went on a walk. I had to stop at the library on the way and check the weblog to look over some pictures.
… but we did
… we continued on our journey. We walked East across campus, until we were next to the Power Plant, where there are all sorts of wild edibles growing.
At the end of the stretch along the power plant was sumac, planted as a hedge. In the distance, along the
bike path were trees with blackberries, which I picked a lot of earlier in the season.
Sumac is really tart, and high in nutrients like Vitamin C. A couple days before I had picked some, and as
outlined in the weblog on foraging, I soaked them overnight, and added sugar. The result was wonderful…
Since I had already picked the berries, and they were already filled with some kind of weird insect, I left them and continued to take pictures of what might have been other edibles:
There was also some cattail in the ditches, but I wasn’t sure if it was mature or a different species than what was in the blog.
In any case, we walked back to the street I lived on, where there were some big acorn trees.
There was an enormous amount of acorns, and they were falling as we were picking them, enough to fill a tote bag. Many fell on the street, where they were being brushed along the edge of the curb and crushed by cars.
There was actually quite a bit of lambsquarters growing right where we were picking.
When we were done, we went back to my place and before we started shelling acorns, I transplanted some lambsquarters into my garden. It’s quite backwards transplanting what are considered weeds.
We shelled the acorns, chopped them finely, and boiled out the tannins.
I finished the shelling over the next couple days, drying the boiled acorns, and grinded it into flour in a coffee grinder. I used it as a subtitute for cornmeal. I pulled it out of the oven a little too early, and so it was undercooked. It tasted okay, but the important thing was that I knew it could be done, and how to do it.