Culinary Herbs of Ontario
Posted 05 April 2004 - 05:03 AM
Posted 08 April 2004 - 05:20 AM
5 that come to mind
Wild Leeks (ramps)
In the southern section (Zone 5- 6b) almost all soft herbs grow well and many
hard herbs and tender perrenials with protection survive the winter.
Edited by Farmer Dave, 08 April 2004 - 05:23 AM.
Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:56 AM
Posted 17 January 2005 - 09:55 PM
Mint, of course, tons of mint. And I know a hillside that is entirely covered with low-growing thyme. Angelica, if you are in for old-fashioned fun and very careful not to get water hemlock. Sorrel will go wild if left; I've found patches of it in overgrown former houselots. Wintergreen.
What about Morels? Anywhere in Ontario?
Posted 18 January 2005 - 08:11 AM
(Though don't imagine I'll tell you where he lives! )
I also once found a gigantic crop of morels in fresh mulch on the flower beds of a new Canadian Tire in my town. Boy, did I get looks as I squatted down and greedily harvested the lot into my bag of batteries or whatever it was.
Posted 18 January 2005 - 09:26 AM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 10:35 AM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 06:20 PM
I'd be dubious about harvesting them for commercial use unless I was damned sure about the soil they grew in. Nothing like serving your customers fresh leaves from the 40-year-old toxic waste dump...
Posted 21 January 2005 - 06:01 AM
2 words rgruby:
It's sad when people like Christina Cushing are more of a houshold name then those who'd rather cook then host a show such as Michael. Off topic, did anyone catch the interview with him on CBC Radio 1 a few months back? It was great to here him talk about how he arrived at his current farm/restaurant, his cooking experiences in Germany before moving to Canada, and when he acctually taught cooking here in Canada. I bet you those students had a leg up on Toronto's George Brown grads.
Posted 21 January 2005 - 06:35 AM
Oh yea........a chef enroute somewhere called me at home when he heard it on the car radio.......it was very interesting......I think not only for people immersed in
the sustainable food part of the business but just anyone who cares how and where and why they put together either a menu or just a dinner for their family.
Posted 21 January 2005 - 06:56 AM
Posted 21 January 2005 - 10:47 AM
2 words rgruby:
Just a little caution - Michael (although a great chef) is NOT a qualified mushroom expert.
I speak as one who consumed (greedily) some of Michael's "hand gathered mushrooms" (direct quote before being served) - only to discover a few hours later that at least one was poisonous.
I won't gross you out with the details but, suffice it to say, it wasn't pretty.
Posted 21 January 2005 - 11:30 AM
Posted 21 January 2005 - 03:56 PM
I think it was Bernie St. Laurent (my spelling could be off); he's the breathless soft spoken guy who fills in for Tremonti and Rogers.
That's the one. Was it just me, or did that reporter sound a little out of shape at times?
Wasn't there a mini-series or at least one TV show done at Eigensinn? I remember catching a few minutes of it; it was dull, gray, and a trifle boring, at the end of winter. I'd love to revisit it.
Posted 21 January 2005 - 03:58 PM
Well, Geo Brown students at least have the Wolfman, if not Stadtlander.
Aboriginal Chef David Wolfman
Posted 27 January 2005 - 10:37 AM
Posted 30 January 2005 - 08:54 AM
Best source is to go out and pick some.....you sure would appreciate why they cost so much........just look for the dark purple-black ones....the green and light blue ones are unripe....they take a couple years to ripen and each bush will have all stages going at once........
Posted 01 February 2005 - 07:58 AM
Posted 01 February 2005 - 08:39 AM
By the way, there are a lot of recipes in Elizabeth David's series of books using juniper berries in updated methods from 19th century ( and older) notions. I can usually get her books through interlibrary loans, as my Penguins haven't really lasted that well..
Posted 01 February 2005 - 09:33 AM
Posted 01 February 2005 - 10:27 AM
I did find one article about the Quarry Bay Nature Reserve here in Ontario that features juniper.
I live in Prince Edward county, in a paticularily rocky area with shallow, sandy soil. My property (several acres of forest) consists of oak, maple, ironwood, a variety of evergreen tree, and a WHOLE LOT OF BUCKTHORN!!! There is so much buckthorn you need armour to take a walk! There are a lot of evergreen shrubs but I never noticed if any resembled juniper.
Also, juniper and juniper sledge (carex juniperorum), are two different things right?
Edited by itch22, 01 February 2005 - 10:42 AM.
Posted 02 February 2005 - 06:31 AM
Probably don't have to look much further than a sub-division as the older "foundation plantings" bear berries that are suitable...like spruce tips...check out the white spruce trees in April......in those same suburban lots...
Posted 02 February 2005 - 06:35 AM
Posted 02 February 2005 - 11:05 AM
Posted 02 February 2005 - 07:11 PM
Amazing what is out there.....and what can be done with them once picked..
Posted 13 February 2005 - 06:27 PM