Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall is in the Air

Cooler weather and rain have decended upon us. Fall is in the air. Out walking at lunch, we found some HUGE rose hips... we nicknamed them "pioneer candy" and the kids liked them alot.

"They taste like sour skittles".

These ones were very large, and just perfect. There isn't much fruit on them, though.

The pioneers would snack on them and make jelly - they were a real treat and being one of the highest natural sources of Vitamin C, they provided protection against Skurvy.

This week held the national "Speak Like a Pirate" Day...

Mushrooms have also been popping up - and temperatures are still in the 90's! Not sure what these ones are - they were where we usually collect Shaggy Mane mushrooms.

The first step to ID'ing a mushroom is to collect a "spore print". Simply remove the cap from the stem, and place it downward on white paper for a day. The spores will leave a cool print.

More about this in November - we'll start hunting and eating them then!