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Decarbonisation Dreams, Earthing in December, and More Uses for Chaga
Wild chaga on a birch tree
is just the most amazing winter. Today is December 15, and it’s 60 degrees,
with bright sun. I walked outside barefoot this morning (earthing (earthing.com)
in December? Yes!), and soaked up some vitamin D with that great Earth energy. The
lettuce bed is thriving. And the Italian parsley just keeps growing. Fresh
garden greens nine days before Christmas. This is a gardener’s dream of winter.
not naive of the fact that our deteriorating global climate has a big hand in
this. Atmospheric warming feels good on the skin, but the source of this spring
like December is not positive for the planet. There is real worry mixed with
this drunken joy I feel when I pluck fresh lettuce from the greens bed in
Greenhouse gasses are at fault; decarbonisation is a solution. The emissions cuts
pledged in Paris last week will pioneer Mother Earth’s journey to lesser
warming through negative emissions technology, but only beginning as far down
the road as the later second half of this century. I won’t live to see that
progress. I’m fervently hoping that we can
successfully slow this disaster down for all the life (and gardens) to come.
Every human, animal, vegetable, and mineral on Earth depends on it.
I just bought a
pound of chaga chunks from chagamountain.com, a gatherer and seller of wild
grown chaga from western Maine white and yellow birch. But I’m really aiming to
go on my own chaga expedition here in Northern Connecticut. I’ve yet to see a
really large birch stand here, but this part of New England is no stranger to
birch trees, so I think it would be worth a try. Worst case scenario? I get to
spend the day wandering through the woods, commiserating with trees and
wildlife. I call that a win-win, chaga or not.
New uses I’ve found
for chaga – as a cooking base. Fresh chaga, simmered for a few hours, makes a
great soup base. Also use it to boil rice for a potent and medicinal rice dish.
Use stewed chaga to cook beans. There are probably a thousand ways to
incorporate the beneficial constituents of chaga into food.
discovering the better ways to make chaga tea. Using fresh chunk chaga that’s
been ground to a powder at home, add it to water (use a good source of water,
not municipal tap water), bring to a boil, and simmer, covered, for three
hours. This is the pure, folk method of preparing chaga tea. It makes a black,
rich, potent, delicious infusion.
I’m learning as
I go with chaga, and loving it. ཞི་བདེ Peace on Earth