There's a lot of good information here, thank you all.
Skandi, I've struggled to get enough vitamin D, I've only been tested in the winter but was quite low and definitely feeling some of the effects. I do take supplements, and try to be mindful of getting enough sun, but I don't want to rely on only those, especially right now. Our stores here are still selling out of about half of the brands of daily vitamins along with cold medicines, etc. I could definitely eat more of most
of the things listed in this thread happily, and more varied sources is always a good thing in my book! And I do believe it is stored in body fat, for four weeks or more, at least from my reading.
Kate, we can get pasture-raised animal products locally and try to do so whenever we can, so that's something. I do wish that we could utilize some of our space here for goats of our own, but right now it's not feasible. For those that can work animals into their system, it's definitely a great option. We do plan to get goats within the next 2-3 years once we can build a shed for them and invest in fencing! But fences are a whole other topic....
Mushrooms will create vitamin D if placed in light for a couple hours right before eating them, even store bought buttons.
Putting mushrooms in sunlight to up their vitamin D content after harvest isn't something I had heard of before, but it makes total sense. That's awesome to know, we've wanted to grow mushrooms for other reasons but that pretty much seals the deal. In the past I've foraged a good supply each late autumn and stored them using a dehydrator, so it sounds like I've been missing out a bit! I love mushrooms for cooking, I'll have to try sun-drying some this spring/summer. Even if it isn't the most useful form of vitamin D, it's something, and mushrooms are great for so many other reasons. Fresh and dehydrated are definitely a staple in Italian cooking which is a mainstay for us. (And now I'm hungry.)
Annie, thanks for the tip about facing them gill-side up. That link is really good reading, too!
UV exposed mealworms have a vitamin D content similar to salmon by weight.
That is awesome to know, thank you! This is the reason I asked here on Permies, because that's exactly the sort of entry missing from lists on more traditional food blogs, etc.
I'm not sure I could eat them myself, much less sell others on the idea, but it's really not that outlandish. I've worked at a shop that sold candied and seasoned insects as a kind of gag gift like these
. Looking at those flavor profiles on their site brings some possibilities to mind, anyway. Anybody up for BBQ?