Exploring the Culinary/Medicinal Uses of Wild Roots
Saturday March 16
This is a brand new exciting workshop exploring an often neglected but so fascinating subject: Roots! Wild Roots!
We never think of them because they remain hidden in the ground but locally we have a huge amount of roots which have some interesting culinary uses. And guess what? The most edible roots we have locally can actually be quite invasive. We’re talking over ten different types of mustard, wild radish, burdock, dandelion, filaree (a fern-like plant) and many more. By removing them, you can help the environment and in the process enjoy their incredible flavors or medicinal properties.
Although many were used in the old days, many of those roots can’t be found at the regular store due to their texture. Yet, their flavors can be quite spectacular compared to store-bought ingredients. But how to unlock the key to extract them?
During this exciting workshop, we will look at different methods and culinary uses of our most common wild edible roots.
You will learn:
Which local roots can be used
Methods of flavors extraction
and much more!
The workshop is a bit longer than usual. During the first part of the workshop we will go on a plant walk to learn about local edible, medicinal and poisonous plants. It’s a slow walk with lots of stops to talk about the plants and their uses. In the process, we will also be collecting roots. The walk will probably be around 1 1/2 hours.
After the walk, we’ll go back to our original location and get to work! I will demonstrate different ways to extract flavors with the roots we collected but don’t worry, it’s very hands-on! Everybody will get their hands dirty so dress appropriately. Bring a jar and you can take your culinary creation home.
Of course, we’ll enjoy some food tasting and drinks featuring our local wild roots.
Long pants and hiking shoes are preferred (not a must). We have some poison oak in the area. Make sure to bring some water and sun protection too.
Note that in case of excessive rain, this workshop may be canceled and refunded. Slight rain will not cancel the workshop. You will be notified 24hrs in advance if it is the case.
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We meet in front of a place called Reptacular
8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342
Look for a red Jeep Wrangler a bit pass the entrance ( don’t enter, just drive a bit further over the water stream), we park on the side of the right road.
Time: From 10 AM to around 1:30 PM