Backyard Foraging


| 8/7/2014 12:04:00 PM


After last year’s successful apple foraging and our small but tasty butternut harvest from neighborhood trees, we have become a lot more aware of the possibilities for “found food.” We work hard to get food from our gardens, but we love foraging.

This month’s urban foraging escapades are on our very own property: sunflower seeds and quince. We feed sunflower seeds to the birds every winter. Inevitably some get dropped near the feeder and others are buried by industrious squirrels. We had quite a number of sunflowers come up spontaneously this year both below the feeder and along the edge of the garden. We let the seedlings grow and they flowered beautifully. We somehow managed to keep a few heads from the birds for our own harvest.

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Sorry, birds, but sunflower seeds are delicious! We’re waiting for the heads to dry and then we’ll roast the seeds in the oven.



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