Calicarpa americana. Given their diminutive size, their flavor is not super impactful but are delicious when made into a jelly, sauce or dare I suggest without having tried, a cocktail. They hold up well in plated and are also stunning baked goods, lending the bright purple color to dough or creams.

Some say the taste is like an elderberry, but with a unique “grape-like” flavor all its own. It is said to have antibacterial properties, and a recent study showed that a compound in the leaves can help fight MRSA or Staph infections. Most of the medicinal documentation relates to the roots and leaves, but it’s likely that the berries have not been analyzed to the same extent.

Wildgrown from the MFM edible landscape.
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Mad for Mushrooms
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Mad for Mushrooms is dedicated to the proliferation and learning of wild foods and natural ecosystems. Predominantly foraged, I focus on offering unusual, and wildly delicious foodstuffs for regional chefs and restaurants. Collaboration is essential to the work, outside of foraging and sharing knowledge, I am interested in product development, and alternative applications of biomimetics. As a vendor with Foraged Market, I hope to reach a wider audience, exciting more minds and mouths with nutritionally dense wild food products. The majority of items will be sourced in the forests and hillsides of the Ohio River Valley. However, when indicated, certain items have been successfully wild-grown in my organic, vegan, urban garden to offer a greater variety.

Please visit the shop to see what we hope to discover, and feel free to reach out with any questions.

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