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“Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in and around Truro” –with Russ Cohen

September 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

We are pleased to present wild edibles enthusiast Russ Cohen to tell us about “Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in and around Truro.”  Truro and other towns on the Outer Cape are home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, and at least a dozen edible mushrooms. Many of these species are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join wild edibles enthusiast Russ Cohen, author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 90-minute slide show covering at least three dozen of the tastiest species this region has to offer.  Plants to be covered include yummy native species like Sassafras, Shadbush, Beach Rose and the iconic Beach Plum, as well as equally yummy non-native species like Black Locust and Autumn Olive.  Russ’ talk also will include info on edible seaweeds.  Edible mushroom species to be covered include the well-known Sulphur Shelf (aka the “Chicken mushroom”, as the texture of its flesh closely resembles chicken breast), as well as the less-well-known but delicious Beefsteak and Cauliflower Mushrooms. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, as well as info on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability, and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Last but not least: Russ will provide a wild-foraged goodie or two to accompany his talk.  If you like wild edibles, this talk is not to be missed!