Nanabush Food Forest Stories

Magnificent Maitake : the Dancing Mushroom

mushrooms

Magnificent Maitake : the Dancing Mushroom

We were fortunate to return to the site of a previous year's discovery to find a nice 2016 harvest of maitake mushrooms.  It was a pleasant surprise given the drought and heat of the summer.   Not only do these mushrooms taste delicious, but they also pack a nutritional and medicinal punch (with 25% protein, loads of B-vitamins, glucose moderating and anti-tumour effects).

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Last Year was Nuts!

forest nuts

Having failed to report news in a timely manner, let's go with better late than never...  it was thrilling to have our first (small) crop of hazelnuts from 4 year old trees.  Check out some of the hazel close-ups (of both nuts and the male flowers a.k.a. catkins that form in the fall)!  

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Goji berries

fruit

Bright red beauties, little anti-inflammatory superfruits!  The low bushes are now starting to produce at the homebase food forest... I like to drop a few into a cup of herbal tea.  Perhaps next year there will be enough to put into some products to share.  They are a lovely plant that does well at the base of larger fruit trees.  If you are planning a home food forest, please consider growing goji berries (a.k.a. wolfberries). 

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Carrion Wayward Flower

forest fruit

No, its not a rewrite of the Kansas song, its a fruit that seems to be wayward of the tropics.  I am referring to the Asimina triloba plant, or common pawpaw which is the largest indigenous fruit on the North American continent.  A native of Ontario and many northeastern U.S. states, this plant is the only one of its genus found outside of the tropics, wayward?  perhaps... but that is not the only unusual thing about it... The pawpaw has fetid or stinking flowers that attract scavengers such as flies and beetles to pollinate it.  The source of the smell...

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Ribes Vibe

We have established two food forests in Ottawa, Ontario, one is affectionately known as the "Basecamp" food forest (and happens to occupy the front/back/side yards of my house, while the other is the "Flagship" food forest being established at the Just Food Farm in Blackburn Hamlet (east Ottawa), for use as a working food forest example for public tours and workshops.  Though these food forests are both very young (Basecamp is 5 years old, Flagship turns 3 this year), they are starting to be very productive.  Each year they will produce more and more food as the plants and trees...

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