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Greener pastures: Lovely wild mushrooms are popping up like wildflowers this time of year, and it's a nice sight to behold (it means that, finally, more precious rain has been bestowed upon us). Yes, plenty of 'shrooms are indeed edible, but let's leave those decisions up to the educated foragers and farmers, OK? The California Poison Control System is warning locals to never consume wild mushrooms on your own accord, as you can risk illness or even death. That means that, unless you are under the guidance of a trained, certified expert, you should only admire, never touch ... The Chumash Kitchen is back at SLO Botanical Garden, and the fresh oils and herbs are abundant. Learn how to extract essential oils from native plants like this land's tribal leaders have done for hundreds of years, then chow down on a light lunch this Dec. 2. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain likes pickles of all kinds. Send bites to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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