Cooking With Wildcrafted Candy Cap Mushrooms

Every wildcrafted meal or herbal medicine begins with a journey into the wild. Farm to Family Ranch is located in the forested mountains of Northern California and we are blessed to have a variety of mushrooms growing here. We are certified by CCOF to wildcraft Oyster Mushrooms, White Chanterelles, Black Trumpets aka Black Chanterelles, Matsutakis, Chicken Of the Woods, and Candy Caps.

Candy Caps tend to grow in mossy areas around ferns.

Many mushrooms and plants are toxic and being knowledgeable is crucial. We use seven identifying factors to identify Candy Caps. These mushrooms are used in ice cream and savory dishes. Candy Caps are said to be aphrodisiacs, as you will emit the odor of maple syrup after eating them and can even taste them on the skin. Some people say they can smell maple syrup in their urine. I, personally, don’t smell it emitted from my skin, or my urine, but when I walk outside and breathe in fresh air.

Candy Caps are a great addition to the Farmacy and a meal.

Candy Caps make a great addition to the Farmacy. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins like Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Folate. What a beautiful gift from Mother Earth.

I will be adding these Candy Caps to my pine nut rice dish for the benefit of its flavor and nutritional abundance.

Ingredients: Candy Cap, Pine Nut Rice

1 C rice, 1/2 C chopped onions, 1 C rice, 1/2 C chopped onions, 1/2 T chopped garlic, 3 T pine nuts, Candy Cap mushrooms chopped in 1/2, 2C broth of your choice or water.

Add onions, pine nuts, and seasoning to heated pan.

Heat pan with 1 T olive oil, add onions and pine nuts and season. Sauté until pine nuts are golden and onions are cleared and browning on edges.

Add garlic and candy caps.

Add garlic and candy caps and drizzle with olive oil.

Sauté until fragrant.

Add rice and broth or water.

Once fragrant, add rice, give the pan a shake and add broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover fifteen minutes.


Biodiversity of Mother Earth Provides! We are blessed. Pura Vida!

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Foraging herbs and making a salve

In this video blog I take you foraging for chickweed, plantain, and comfrey leaves. I then take you into the kitchen to create a healing salve. I included a small math lesson in order to help people understand how to calculate the volume of vitamin E required to preserve the salve.

I chose to use chickweed, plantain, and comfrey leaves in this healing salve because of their herbal properties.

Chickweed has demulcent, emollient, and refrigerant properties. All these properties are beneficial for skin. This amazing little star weed is full of vitamins that nourish, cool, and heal skin.

Plantain has alterative, stringent, diuretic and antiseptic properties. These properties prevent swelling, soothe irritation, and promote healing of our skin.

Comfrey has vulnerary, demulcent, and astringent properties. Comfrey leaf has a magical way of healing tissues making it essential in any healing salve.

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