Hunt + Gather

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I thought I would honor the waning of the year and recognizing my growth in the hunting and gathering and foraging world by putting up a compendium of the different species of plants, fungi, and animals that I have been fortunate enough to harvest throughout the year, getting as close to chronological order as possible. This is a relatively familiar lifeway I have engaged in but in this last calendar year and through moving onto a patch of Carolinian forest in southern Ontario, I have really found the opportunity to thrive in. Together with my travels in Meso-America earlier in the year, and a contract in the west of Canada, there have been ample different ecoranges and environments for me to explore, and taste. Without further digressing here is my person hunt + gather list by country from this year with a dream list to supplement this one for the new year. I have left out the domesticated or cultivated species to show only wildly growing varieties.

Canada:

Gather: Trout lily (Erythronium denscanis), Salmon Berry (Rubus spectabilis), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), Mulberry (morus nigra), Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus), Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), Pine Pollen (Pinaceae), Purple Raspberry (Rubus strigosus), Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), Pineapple Weed (Matricaria discoidea), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Marijuana (cannabis), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita), Ramps (Allium Tricoccum), Morels (Morchella esculenta), Psilocybin (Psilocybe semilanceata), Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria, Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina), Puffballs (Lycoperdon perlatum), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Pine Bolete (Boletus pinophilus), Coral Mushroom (Artomyces Pyxidatus), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), Frost grapes (Vitis Riparia), Chokecherries (Prunus Virginiana), Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra), Western Sword Fern Fiddlehead (Polystichum munitum), Highbush Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), Crowberry (Empetrum Nigrum), Highbush cranberries (Viburnum trilobum), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), Staghorn Sumac (Rhus Typhina), Red Dulse (Palmaria palmata), Kombu (Saccharina japonica), Red Oak Acorns (Quercus rubra), White Oak Acorns (Quercus alba), Crab Apples (Malus sylvestris), Cranberry Tree (Viburnum opulus), Huitlacoche/Corn Smut (Utsilago maydis), Paw paw (Asimina Triloba), Gingko (Gingko biloba), Rosehips (Rosa rugosa), Liberty Cap Mushrooms (Psilocybin cubensis), Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) this was a roadkill specimen,

Hunt: Bar clams (Spisula solidissima), Green Crab (Carcinus maenus), Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata),

Fish: Blue Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus),  Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides),

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Mexico:

Coconuts (Cocos nucifera), Almonds (Prunus amygdalus), Ceiba (Parmentiera aculeata), Mamey (Pouteria sapota), Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Curry (Murraya koenigii), Nopal (Opuntia ficus-indica), Copal (Protium copal),

Guatemala:

Sapota (Manilkara zapota), Avocado (Persea americana quilaoacatl), Cacao (Theobroma cacao), Red banana (Musa acuminata), Wild banana (Musa balbisiana), Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), Wild Ginger, (Alpinia Mutica), Pineapple (Ananas comosus), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Coffee (Coffea arabica), Caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito), Lima (Citrus medica), Lychee (Litchi chinensis), Jacote (Spondias purpurea), Tiger Rat Snake (Spilotes pullatus) this one was already dead, and I cooked it over a fire,

 

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Dream List for 2018:

Hunt: Moose (Alces alces), Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Gray Squirrel ( (Sciurus carolinensis), White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Fallow deer (Dama dama), Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus), Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum),

Gather: American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria), Quince (Cydonia oblonga),

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