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Old 02-09-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Right here. Right now.
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Wild raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, tree nuts, etc. Some folks forage for wild mushrooms.

There are lots of places in this area (Western NC mountains) to find great items like that. Wild blueberries and raspberries are my favorite...There is nothing like it.

The springtime blossoms call out to you to make a mental note of the potential treasures you might find in mid-summer.
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:14 AM
 
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I grew up in Chicago and we used to eat berries off of bushes. Lord only know what they were. My grandfather used to pick mushrooms in the forest preserves around Chicago and bring them home for my grandmother to prepare.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, apples and mushrooms.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I grew up in Chicago and we used to eat berries off of bushes. Lord only know what they were. My grandfather used to pick mushrooms in the forest preserves around Chicago and bring them home for my grandmother to prepare.

I grew up in Chicago too!!!! Rasberry bushes were everywhere and they were oh so good. I would never eat mushrooms (unless I bought them at a grocery store - and who knows where they came from).
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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I have 10 acres of solid woods. Every year we pick dewberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, hickory nuts, and walnuts.

I planted the strawberries, but everything else is natural from the birds.

I forgot to mention the apples, pears, and peaches from the neighbors trees.

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Old 02-10-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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We pick raspberries, and mushrooms. Don't panic over the mushrooms, my husband grew up picking them with his uncle, he can identify virtually any mushroom you put in front of him. He even sold them to a local specialty grocery store when we would go on vacation in Vermont, he would pick them in huge amounts. Nothing like chantarelles sauteed in butter, yum. There are a lot of fellow mushroom pickers around here though, I see them on the side of the road plucking them all the time, and my dh gets so upset when others find "his" favorite mushroom spot. LOL But I wouldn't advise a novice to go out picking mushrooms, because some are indeed poisonous.

And as for the raspberries, I didn't realize it, but one big section of our yard that I let the weeds grow out of control in last year yielded raspberries by the dozens. They weren't weeds after all, I guess I will continue to let them grow there.

Oh yes, editing to say we have eaten fresh fish we have caught, too.
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Old 02-10-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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we have lots of wild blackberries on our property, we pick and freeze them. We also have pears, persimmons, oranges, tangerines, figs, guavas, blueberries, and peaches that we grow, along with the veg and herb gardens......
We used to pick morel mushrooms when I was growing up in Mo, they were wonderful!
I miss fresh raspberries, you can only get the storebought kind here, eeeewwwww.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:29 PM
 
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That's fantastic. I just love wild berries.
I grew up in the city so I just love living in the mountains. So many things I just never had a chance to experience as a kid. I am so lucky to be able to experience it now.

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I have 10 acres of solid woods. Every year we pick dewberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, hickory nuts, and walnuts.

I planted the strawberries, but everything else is natural from the birds.

I forgot to mention the apples, pears, and peaches from the neighbors trees.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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I grew up in the Pocono Mts., surrounded by blackberry bushes, blueberry bushes, crab apple trees, & wild strawberries. We always picked them by the bucket fulls and made jelly, and we still do. My dad has also planted peach and pear trees, so they now can them. Such a treat!
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Of course ! Wild foods are one of the great joys of this world. From blackberries, all kinds of berries, to wild garlic, chive flowers etc... and my great-uncle and father always go 2mushrooming2 in the autumn too.
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