Stewart Brand on the early days of de-extinction
flummery is both a fluffy 17th-19th century dessert pudding, and a load of nonsense.
‘It’s not the age of reason … it’s the era of flummery, and the day of the devious approach’ –Trouble with Lichen (1960)
some incredible specimens here
& a little on isinglas (swim bladders of sturgeon) which were a common ingredient in flummery
a pretty basic recipe here, using berries https://permaculture.com.au/davidson-plum-rainforest-flavours-in-the-kitchen/
Lichens as pioneers for life on land
Kaunas museum of lithuanian medicine
blueberries should be out in time for the picnic..
Lots of lovely raspberry bushes out now, if the mosquitos will let you get to them! Here’s something to try
This technique was suggested to us by Diana Pusko who has a Mexican restaurant on Nida, and was kind enough to take us on a foraging walk in the forest. She says to rub the leaves then put them in a jar for 24hrs. After this short fermentation, lay them out to dry fully before jarring them. Then just make a tea with the leaves, add sugar and wait for the microorganisms to get busy.
We’ve tried with one tea made from a hot infusion and another from a cold one.
Lichens as symbiosis of more than two organisms
Interesting story on this mycorrhizal fungi found only around here that sticks especially well to organic matter, prob stabilises the dunes
Lovely portrait of lichenologist Kerry Knudsen in Southern California