Ah, Mother Earth News… I knew you when. In fact, I probably read this article when it came out in 1988, in the library at Diablo Valley College. My fondness for MEN was one of the things that began to distance me from the other members of Dark Refrains and Velvet Darkness, the RHPS casts to which I belonged in my late teens (in contrast, my fondness for young men was widely known and made me rather popular in those circles). It was partly MEN and partly a natural history class at DVC that got me so interested in wild foraging.
Now, the interest is mostly intellectual. I read about it (faves include The Flavors of Home and Mushrooms Demystified), and I look for plants I know when I do go out for hikes, but mostly I’ve restricted my foraging to berries and miner’s lettuce. I did gather and prep some Valley Oak acorns once (fairly tasty, if labor-intensive).
Sadly, the nuts described in the MEN Fall Field Guide to Nuts are mostly those from the eastern half of Turtle Island (or Isla Tortuga, or if you must, North America). Out here in Cali, we get acorns and pine nuts. What about hazelnuts?
Still, the thing I liked most about this article was the use of “nut” as a verb. Go nutting, be a nutter. It just made me smile. Hopefully, you too.