Kalispell: Where the Wild Things are

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

 

Kalispell: Where the Wild Things areSome who just read those words probably got an immediate mental image of those wacky looking creatures in Maurice Sendak's children's book of the same name. Nope, I'm not talking about those wild things. And others might be thinking of the deer who are always outside my window (like the ones in this photo that I saw right before I sat down to write). Or perhaps about the mountain lion that has visited our property, or the snake I just nearly stepped on in the meadow, or whatever it was that left turkey feathers and bones across the ground. Nope, not that either. I'm talking about the wild plants. Yes, that's right, plants.

 

Yesterday when out for an afternoon walk, I was drawn to some strange looking mushrooms on the side of the road. I tapped them and they seemed nice and firm and healthy. So I snapped a picture and shared it on a Montana group page to see if anyone could help me identify them.

 

With the exception of one person who said they were sorrel mushrooms (and then came back later to say he knew what they were but he was drunk so it came out wrong), I was told they were morel mushrooms, which are apparently very tasty. I was also given instructions on how to check to make sure they were the real deal, and not the poisonous imposters. So today I cut them, brought them home, did the further research and found out they were really morel mushrooms. Guess what my side dish will be tonight! Morels cooked in butter with a teensy bit of cream. Yum. So that's the first wild thing I found yesterday, and wow, I'm so excited. I hated mushrooms growing up, probably because I thought they were those mushy things in cans, but now I love them. I've never tried these and can't wait.

 

So the second wild thing I saw yesterday also made me pause and say, "What the heck is that?" Well in this case I'm not going to eat it so I wasn't quite as concerned with the accuracy of the information I obtained. I am just relying on the good old Internet. The item I found growing in the wild is apparently something called Horsetail. It's a seedless plant reproduced by spores. The above ground piece of the plant has medicinal uses such as for fluid retention, kidney and bladder stones, incontinence and urinary tract infections. These plants date back to Paleozoic times (whattttt?), can grow in wet soil or even standing water, and are drought-tolerant. Since I found them right near the creek, and since we live in a relatively dry place, that makes sense to me.

 

So in one day I found two wild things growing on our property. I'm excited to see what I'll find next. One thing I know for sure - I'll continue hunting for new things on a daily basis. Maybe an ice cream or cheese tree is next?

 

If you would like information about the wild and not so wild things that go on in Kalispell, you can reach me on 406-270-3667 or at kat@thehousekat.com.

 

Enjoy your own wild things!

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

Posted by

 

Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

email: kat@thehousekat.com

www.thehousekat.com

 

406-270-3667 (MT)

 

facebook    Kat's Homes

close

Re-Blogged 1 time:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Brian England 05/24/2020 05:39 AM
Topic:
Just for Fun
Location:
Montana Flathead County Kalispell

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
4,810,904
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat,

I knew just by your photo they are morels, and a great delicacy in my opinion.  We have eaten many memorable meals with morel mushrooms...Hurray for you for finding them. A

May 23, 2020 12:00 PM #13
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Oh, what a treat that was! We ate them last night and they were delicious. I headed out in a different direction late yesterday to see if I could find more (no) and in yet another direction today on my quest (no). But many more acres to cover! I may find more yet. 

Enjoy your afternoon!

May 23, 2020 12:04 PM #14
Rainmaker
4,810,904
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat,

I hope you do.  I don't know if you have live oaks in your. area, here after the rain the chanterelle mushrooms come out, and they are another delicacy.  Happy morrel hunting.  A

May 23, 2020 12:09 PM #15
Ambassador
4,642,627
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kat,  How exciting to find such interesting and tasty wild things on your property.  Growing up in the country, we had plenty of tasty and interesting wild things.  My favorites are the wild strawberries and blueberries.  But I am definitely open to that ice cream tree.  Keep us posted if you find one.

May 23, 2020 08:53 PM #16
Rainmaker
2,132,439
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kat Palmiotti - those certainly are interesting mushrooms.  I am glad that you researched them first.  I like mushroom too.

May 24, 2020 05:47 AM #17
Rainmaker
1,817,787
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I can't imagine the joy of finding morels in your yard!  You are so lucky! yum! I wish you had sent us pictures of the morels!

May 24, 2020 06:07 AM #18
Rainmaker
215,435
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Kat Palmiotti You're not going to stay excited by the horsetails - at least out here, the darn things are weeds almost as common as dandelions. Lauren

May 24, 2020 09:07 PM #19
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Haha, Bob Crane about the ice cream. We keep seeing new things and saying, "Hey, what is that?" - We have a few trees that might have fruit of some kind, but it's too soon to know. Enjoy your day!

Good morning Grant Schneider  - they were so tasty!

May 25, 2020 05:13 AM #20
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Lise Howe - here's the photo of a few of them in the ground (good morning!)

May 25, 2020 05:15 AM #21
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO - I did just read something that said they can be invasive. Oops! 

May 25, 2020 05:16 AM #22
Rainmaker
3,614,378
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - I did have a Maurice Sendak moment when I saw your post title.    While I have never been adventurous enough to try mushrooms beyond a restaurant or purchasing them from a store, I appreciate your post.  

May 25, 2020 05:18 AM #23
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Michael Jacobs - I really enjoyed them.

May 25, 2020 05:27 AM #24
Rainmaker
1,817,787
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think morels are just really pretty in the ground or on my plate!  - so much better than the white button mushrooms we usually see in the grocery store-

May 25, 2020 05:57 AM #25
Rainmaker
4,313,006
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, it is fun to find new things in your area, but not sure I would eat any of the wild mushrooms.  They look pretty cool though.

May 25, 2020 06:32 AM #26
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Joan Cox - Do you like mushrooms in general? If not, I can totally understand that!

May 25, 2020 07:41 AM #27
Rainmaker
2,172,627
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Kat Palmiotti - your new discoveries are exciting!!! Your such a great adventurer who has a curious mind. I love how you do your research. Inquiring minds that want to know are the best sources for resources! I have never seen a morsel or heard of a horsetail either. What you learned about them is very important. I once lived in Northern, IL where I made many unusual discoveries in the forest preserves. I found out that there was a Pottawatomie Village on my property and throughout the woods. Once I confirmed it was true, I got as much information about the Native American Indian Tribe and learned about all the foods in the forest that I never would have learned if I never lived there and found them. I also learned what materials they used from plants and trees to build shelter. 

Hey! I hope you're always cooking up something new and delicious in your new kitchen and home!

May 26, 2020 11:43 AM #28
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - That's really interesting about the Pottawatomie Village on your property. I would have done a bunch of research also! What fun. 

I found 3 more morel mushrooms this morning but am going to leave them and let them get a little bigger. And maybe more will pop out soon!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comment!

 

May 26, 2020 01:50 PM #29
Ambassador
3,246,687
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Aren't seashells supposed to be by the seashore? It's amazing what you find in dem dare hills...

Happy Tuesday Kat Palmiotti 

May 26, 2020 11:04 PM #30
Rainmaker
581,281
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Kat... that is one prehistoric plant. It will be interesting to find out how this survived eons of years. Great Finds!

May 27, 2020 05:29 AM #31
Rainmaker
1,555,248
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - They do kind of look like seashells! I didn't even notice that.

Maria Gilda Racelis - I thought it was very interesting that those plants have been around forever!

May 27, 2020 05:54 AM #32
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
1,555,248

Kat Palmiotti

The House Kat
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention