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#116322 - 05/20/09 06:46 PM Do you ever forage in the woods...
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Do you ever forage in the woods to supplement your food supply?

If so, what do you find?

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#116334 - 05/20/09 08:47 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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I only rarely forage and never as a real component of my "food supply". It is much too casual for that description.

When there are ripe berries (e.g. huckleberries, thimble berries, wild strawberries, salmon berries), then I will stop and eat some. I sometimes find patches of wild onion in meadowy areas. I will pick oxalis and chew on the stems.

That about covers it. I don't know enough about wild mushrooms to feel confident of eating them, but I am sure there are several edible varieties where I hike. They'd be a happy addition to most meals, if I only knew what to pick.

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#116338 - 05/20/09 10:28 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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Morell mushrooms, (make sure you know what they are and how to spell it),. Nuts are sometimes plentiful in season. I have found muskidyme and will give em a taste. They taste like a concord grape but with a lot of seeds and thick skin. When I was a kid living in Idaho, there was a cherry tree.Yum Pine needle tea. Depending where you are at the time, fruit trees. Figs and crab apples. I think the main thing is to know what you are eating. It could be very tasty, very bitter or sour. Or at worst, sickness and death. sick crazy
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#116346 - 05/21/09 02:07 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: chaz]
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I sometimes find these. they're pretty tasty :


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#116350 - 05/21/09 08:26 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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Phat, That is foraging at the extreme for sure. I used to hunt but since I don't do red meat anymore, (only chicken and fish),
I'll leave the wacking and stacking to guy's like you.
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#116354 - 05/21/09 08:53 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: phat]
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Where's the barbie? get er goin.

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#116357 - 05/21/09 10:30 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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I consider it a side bennie if I get something tasty, but no, I don't rely on it. It takes too many calories to find food!

Though I love nothing more than berry season in alpine.

We did Wild Berries page on our website on berries. There are a couple more pages on this subject on the site as well, follow the pages on the bottom of each article smile

On fungi, unless you know 100% what you are doing don't eat anything!!!! Most mushrooms have deadly look alikes. It isn't worth the risk!
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#116360 - 05/21/09 02:12 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: phat]
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phat, you mean you put that in your mouth? But... you don't know where it's been!

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#116363 - 05/21/09 04:07 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: aimless]
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An occasional berry--thimbleberry or wild strawberry--usually only a few are available. When huckleberries are in season, though, it's time to pig out!

I have been known to fish on occasion. I've also found that if you rely on the fish you catch for food, you'll never catch any!


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#116388 - 05/22/09 09:47 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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I would never rely on foraging as part of my food source - too lazy and too ignorant of what is edible. Although that moose looked pretty tasty!

I love wild blueberries in the Shenandoah, especially when they are all warm from the sun. Heaven.

In case I haven't mentioned this before, all blueberries are mine. MINE, MINE, MINE! If I'm not around you may have some, but if I'm there - get outta my way!

Does that sound selfish? Hmmm . . . grin
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#116390 - 05/22/09 09:48 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: phat]
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phat, if I pick some blueberries for you, will you grill me a steak?
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#116400 - 05/22/09 02:19 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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I stick with berries (blue, black, rasp), nuts and sassafras tea. Please keep in mind that over 7,000 cases of mushroom poisoning occur in the U.S. every year, though immediate fatalities are few (longterm liver damage is another issue). I read recently, but cannot find the report, that experienced mushroom hunters tend to have a slightly higher rate of poisoning than amateurs. Go figure.

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#116401 - 05/22/09 02:42 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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Berries are a fav of mine. Occasionally a ramp or two. Pine needle tea really hits the spot when it's cold and damp. Late winter/early spring fiddleheads are yummy!

Two more favs are cattail shoots and Jerusalem artichoke tubers. mmmmmm! Either are really great sauteed in some butter. The 'chokes taste just as good raw though. They're like a cross between a carrot and a potato. Delicious!

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#116405 - 05/22/09 05:50 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: Folkalist]
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Originally Posted By Folkalist
I would never rely on foraging as part of my food source - too lazy and too ignorant of what is edible. Although that moose looked pretty tasty!

I love wild blueberries in the Shenandoah, especially when they are all warm from the sun. Heaven.

In case I haven't mentioned this before, all blueberries are mine. MINE, MINE, MINE! If I'm not around you may have some, but if I'm there - get outta my way!

Does that sound selfish? Hmmm . . . grin


Gee, I found my twin. grin I have issues over H-Berry time. MINE! Mine! Mine!

When the berries are ripe I go walking on the PCT. Get out a good 4 to 5 miles and no one is out there, berries overflowing. I pick, hike back and put them in a cooler for the drive home. Then I freeze them as soon as I walk in.

A couple years ago I took 2 trips worth and made a H-Berry pie for my friend Rainy's boyfriend (now husband) when he came home from Iraq. He had been gone for 13 months. So it was pretty cool to be able to give him something for Thanksgiving that he had missed smile

Usually though I make jam in the fall and blend berries together from many areas. It is jam I love more than anything.
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#116413 - 05/22/09 10:07 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: sarbar]
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Ooooh, jam! Best jam I ever had was in Ireland last year. What was that berry? Elderberry? Black currant? Hmm. Must find out.
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#116416 - 05/22/09 10:47 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: chaz]
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I throw fresh dandelion greens or lambs quarters into my soups for some added nutrition. Occasionally, we have fried up fiddlehead ferns which are quite a delicacy.

And of course up here in Alaska it is berry-heaven.


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#116432 - 05/24/09 02:51 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: Perkolady]
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Berries mostly. I have a very good eye, spot them from far away laugh!
The occasional young dandelion leaves and ferns, some nuts, herbs, and the mushrooms I'm sure of go into the pot as well. Chesnuts can be plentyful in season too, great on the fire.
I also happen to forage in fields and orchards after crops are made: got some nice cauliflower and young potatoes in early april, artichokes a bit later, cherries or grapes, the forgotten corn cob...
Have to run fast, farmers got guns or pointed forks at the ready grin grin!
"Food on legs" is scarce 'round here, apart from wild boars and small mammals, and I nearly never went fishing in my whole life...

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#116629 - 05/27/09 07:46 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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I grew up on an indian reservation, and a lot of people did quite a bit of foraging. It's sort of a fun tradition that never died out; it was an easy way of getting fresh fruit & veggies in a place where grocieries were (and still are) overpriced & past ripe.

BUT we didn't exactly do it to "supplement" our food supply, at least not in regards to hiking. If we were foraging, the part about walking around the woods was sort of beside the point. You're kind of on a mission, not really there to cover miles. My pack was full of tupperware and coffee cans, but there might have been a canteen and insect repellant in there too.

Let's see, I think I've foraged about 10 or 11 kinds of berries, fireweed, wild celery (found out I was allergic!), sea asparagus, goosetongue, seaweed, dandelion, Hudson Bay tea, pine branch spring tips, herring eggs on kelp leaves, cockles, chitons, china hats, dungeoness crab, rock crab... maybe a few other things too, but it's been years....

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#117482 - 06/22/09 03:51 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: keepitlow]
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I'm planning to do just that! Check out my post on "how many days of food in a bear can". I talk about my diet, which is vegetarian, no added fat (oil). I'll be packing whole grain and legume staples, and will depend on foraging to add fresh vegetables and fruits. I'll be packing raisins as the only fruit, 'cause I love 'em in oatmeal, or as a snack with nuts. I'll be doing some sprouting as well, for the fresh enzyme/vitamin punch they give, as well as everything else they have. I'll have to find a good book to cover the area where I will be the first couple months, which is the northeast. New York, maybe Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and then I may go south and west. Maybe the AT! woohoo. I'm starting to have fun.
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#117649 - 06/25/09 08:34 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: Folkalist]
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You need to experience the blueberry experience here in eastern Maine. You'd be in heaven, from mid July into August. Both high and low bush types.

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#117688 - 06/26/09 09:08 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: BorealHiker]
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Is that the same time period when you have black flies the size of helicopters?
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#117698 - 06/27/09 08:31 AM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: BorealHiker]
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Yes, I went gathering dandilion greens when I was out hiking.

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#117717 - 06/27/09 09:02 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: Folkalist]
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Black flies are pretty much a May-early June thing. Then come mosquitoes, which we're in now big time, thanks to the wetter than normal June.

Blueberry time coincides with late mosquitoes, deer flies, moose flies. Or, if it's a dry summer, it begins the period of least insects, as we approach fall. Oh, and we have moose here, too, including a moose hunt, in fall.

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#117718 - 06/27/09 09:47 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: Folkalist]
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I have 6 blueberry bushes with large green berries all over them, in my backyard where there are very few bugs and lots of birds. The Oregon Grape is very prolifick around here and it too has blueberries which are not so good, so I think the birds avoid my real blueberries thinking that they are Oregon grape.

You are invited to come Back Pack in the Three Sisters Wilderness (20 miles from here) and to pick blueberries in my yard. However up in the mountains there huge areas of pygmy alpine blueberries, but ya want to wear rubber boots to get to em.
Hey I had one cranberry last year - kinda sour, but then thats the way cranberries are.

I think the only foragable plant in the Cascades, which is high dry volcanic ash desert, are sort of emaciated miners lettuce, not like the 3 inch diameter thick leaves of California miners lettuce. They say Sasquatch likes fish and hangs around lakes, otherwise I don't what he would eat except deer.
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#117739 - 06/28/09 03:06 PM Re: Do you ever forage in the woods... [Re: Jimshaw]
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Oh, if only could make it out there right now, Jim! Wish I could make the PNW trip, too, but the federal government refuses to reschedule things that only took a few years to put in place to accommodate me. Drat!
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