Foraging For Fiddleheads, Mushrooms And More

May 12, 2015

Catching sight of a tightly curled, bright green fiddlehead can turn turn an ordinary walk along the river into a foraging adventure.  This is fiddlehead season, and foragers are trying to find the balance between gathering their favorite treats, and leaving enough behind to guarantee a healthy crop next season.  We talk with botanist Arthur Haines of the New England Wildflower Society, Shelburne Farms head chef David Hugo, and VPR's own expert forager Robert Resnik about how to find, eat and protect wild edibles like fiddleheads, mushrooms and ramps.

Also on the program, VPR Statehouse reporter Pete Hirschfeld updates us on the twists and turns of a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption for childhood vaccines. A public hearing drew a packed crowd of vocal supporters and opponents to the Statehouse on Monday evening.

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Broadcast live on Tues., May 12, 2015, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.