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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Foraging.

Foraging is like gardening but without all the planting, weeding, nibbler protection or watering.  If you live in the country there are lots of road sides to search.  If you live in the suburbs there are tons of bushes and untended corners to explore.  In the city there are many businesses and parks with edible landscaping.  Just make sure you aren't trespassing when you work on this BB.

Plant identification is the most important part of foraging.  Get one or two good books on the edibles of your region.  Be sure you know what you're picking!

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Harvest at least one pound fresh, then dry and store one of the following:
- nettle
- mint
- mushrooms
- rose hips
- pineapple weed

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - A picture of one of the plants/fungi in the wild
 - A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight
 - A picture of the dried goodies in or with their storage container

 - This is "Foraging" so the plants/fungi can not be cultivated by you.
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Wood ear! Wood ear! It’s a bounty! Enough to dry, stew, pickle, and share!

I was working on the woodland care badge and found a heap of these babies, so I took an afternoon break to jump into foraging and preserving bbs.

I harvested 4 lbs - so I dried half, and pickled the other half as an experiment to fulfill the pickling bb.

I’m out of town at my folks place, so I sun dried these on wire racks. Some of the bigger ones were still a little moist at dusk, so I finished those in the oven.
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Wood ear in the wild.
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Wood ear on a cool old scale I found in Great Grandpa Lem’s shop.
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4 lbs!
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Simple solar dehydration.
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Bounty for future stocks and soups. I kinda want to boil a batch then salt and dehydrate them so I can just munch them like chips.
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I certify this BB complete!

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A foraging buddy and I went hunting for oyster mushrooms.  The skeeters were horrible so we were moving pretty fast.  Still got over 2 lbs of oysters!  Put them gill side up on a screen in the greenhouse.  They dried up in a day or two.
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On a tree
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On the scale with heavy glass bowl
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Scale with empty bowl
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In a half gallon mason jar
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I certify this BB is complete!

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