This summer, during the times when I walked Mabel, I noticed pretty white flowering bushes along the side of the road. I thought they might be elderflowers, but at the time, I was too busy to check it out. Besides, it was in the nineties through most of July, so I left much of the dog walking to my husband.
This past week, I noticed the bushes again, only this time they were covered with purple berries. I was pretty sure there were elderberries, so I check online for verification. I was correct!
I was so happy with myself, because many of my foraging adventures have ended with an empty basket. I still haven't found a morel patch, and I've never found any ramps. But here were the elderberries, right down the road. The best part was that the bushes are situated in a ditch, and from where I was positioned, they were easy to pick.
After a thorough survey of recipes, I decided to make some elderberry syrup, and I also dried some of the elderberries our dehydrator.
The dried elderberries will be used to make a tincture during the winter, and the syrup will probably be gone in a month or two. Next year, I'll be sure to harvest the elderflowers earlier in the season.
Have you found any food through foraging?