Kalispell: Where the Wild Things are

Reblogger Brian England
Real Estate Agent with Arizona Focus Realty SA634540000

Kat Palmiotti is finding all kinds of interesting things in here area!  I am not a big fan of mushrooms, but a friend of mine made somewhat of a gravy with mushrooms and onions to put on steak and I have to admit, it was pretty darn good.  Perhaps my palette is opening up and I would enjoy these mushrooms that she found!

Original content by Kat Palmiotti 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.

 

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)

 

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Brian England - Kat is fast becoming the goto person for anything in Kalispell.  She has set down her roots.

May 24, 2020 05:41 AM #1
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Lise Howe
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Thanks for sharing this = I love Kat Palmiotti 's writing and I admire her for picking up and moving to a new community and starting right back up again - by the way - you should try morels - they are truly delicious!

May 24, 2020 06:03 AM #2
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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Grant Schneider - I see what you did there with the "roots!"

May 24, 2020 07:12 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
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Brian England - Thank you so much for the share. The mushrooms were delicious. YUMMMMM

May 24, 2020 07:41 AM #4
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Will Hamm
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Hello Brian, If you ever have a chance, head up her way, she lives in a great area and you can visit yellowstone and Glacier National park.

May 24, 2020 09:24 AM #5
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