The woods are providing these edibles now!
In the above photo, from left to right, are fiddle head ferns, morels, and ramps. These are things that can be gathered now depending on where you live. The woods provide these edibles in the Spring.
If you cannot gather them, now is the time to order from specialty and gourmet markets, commercial foragers, or plan your own foraging trip!
A word on commercial foragers...be sure they have an eco-based foraging philosophy with a mind to harvesting sustainably.
During a recent visit to my local Forest Service office for a morel-gathering permit I learned that Idaho has banned commercial gathering of morels because of recent problems in Washington and Oregon caused by commercial groups destroying morel habitats and littering.
Gather a few wild foods from each group that you find leaving some to re-seed or re-grow the following season. Don't harvest everything you find!
With morels, pinch or cut the stem at ground level. Please don't pull or dig them up as this destroys their ability to regenerate the following season.
During the next two weeks I will share how to identify and prepare these delicious wild foods!