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Foraging Guidelines | Wild Edible Foraging for wild food is a great way to experience the natural world and connect with something ancient and primal within ourselves. And in many ways, it can be a more healthy alternative to the assembly line foods we find at the grocery store. Not only is wild food much richer in essential vitamins and minerals, but foraging also provides much needed exercise. It's a combination of hiking and gardening. Before diving into the salad bowl that surrounds us, it's a good idea to be aware of some basic guidelines that will ensure that foraging remains safe and sustainable. Proper Identification Before eating any wild plant, make 100% sure it's not poisonous. Learn the few dangerous species in your area before venturing into the wild to forage. Don't rely on common names. Find a mentor. Use all of your senses. Learn habitat. Learn companion plants. Learn to follow wild edible plants through all seasons. Learn which parts of a wild edible plant are safe to use. Conservation Don't over harvest.

How To Find & Enjoy Wild Foods Lately I’ve been mining the Mother Earth News archive disks for bits of relevant wisdom—which are abundant there. James E. Churchill’s advice on foraging and preparing wild foods from one of the earliest issues, September/October 1970, couldn't be more timely right now. Free food is abundant—and could be growing between the cracks in your sidewalk! Chicory "Anyone who lives in the settled regions of the United States should be close enough to chicory to be able to gather all they want," Churchill wrote. In spring, trim tender chicory leaves before they are as tall as a tea cup. Boil the leaves a second time for five minutes. Blanched chicory leaves can be used for a salad and served with your favorite dressing, or they can be boiled like cabbage. To make braised chicory, thoroughly wash a pint of blanched leaves and put in a sauce pan with a half-inch of water in a saucepan. Chicory leaves are edible all during the growing season. You can also use chicory to make a coffee substitute. Mint

Famine Food Homepage by Bob Freedman 50 E. Calle Encanto Tucson, Arizona 85710 ph. 520/977-4607 The Famine Foods Database: Plants that are not normally considered as crops are consumed in times of famine. Notes on the Famine Foods Website by Robert L. Search the Famine Foods Database Plant family index Famine Foods listed by Genus and species List of references

50 Essential Wild Edible, Tea, and Medicinal Plants You Need to Know I’ve been often asked in reference to a survival or bug-out situation “which wild edible and medicinal plants should I study and know?”. Unfortunately there is no clearcut answer for this since it’s highly dependent upon where you live. But if I would boil it down to the top 50 essential wild edible, tea, and medicinal plants that occur in most areas of the northern hemisphere this would be the list: Note: I’ve added links to the plants which I’ve covered in detail on this site on how to identify, prepare, and use for food or medicine. 50 Essential Wild-Edible, Tea, and Medicinal Plants Most Common Places to Find these Plants ChicoryCurly DockDaylilyElderberryFireweedJapanese KnotweedMeadowsweetMilkweedMulleinQueen Anne’s LaceYarrow Balsam FirBlue AsterBracken FernOak (acorns)PineWhite BirchWood Sorrel Arrowhead/WapatoBullrushesBur-ReedCattailFalse Solomn’s SealWeeping WillowWild Rice FIELDS, LAWNS and GARDENS Some Helpful Hints on Identifying and Getting Started

Guide to Edible Wild Plants in North America | If you are reading this there is a good chance you already know some edible wild plants. There are a surprising number of North American plants that can be used for food. As you will quickly learn some plant are extremely dangerous and should be avoided. Other plants have many medicinal and nutritional values. Tips Don’t eat too much of a new food at one time. Red CloverTrifolium pratense All clovers are edible and are high in Vitamins and some parts of the plant are high in protein. Oak AcornsQuercus Acorns are rich in carbohydrates, protein, and fats but contain tannic acid which can make you sick. CattailTypha latifolia This plant is easily identifiable and can be eaten year round. Wild Prickly LettuceLactuca Serriola L. This plant is closely related to the dandelion. Distribution Alpine SweetvetchHedysarum alpinum L. Grizzly bears dig up the roots of the Alpine Sweetvetch and eat them in quantities. WARNING – Most Vetch type plants are poisonous. Flowers Distribution of Alpine Sweetvetch

Foraging Guide - Edible Wild Plants of Temperate North America and the UK Now FREE!! Image page of the Rose profile. The Mobile Foraging Companion is a feature-laden, cross-platform guide for common wild and naturalised edible plants of temperate North America, and Britain and Northern Europe (there is a guide for each of those two areas, to suit your needs). Whether you forage on a leisurely weekend walk, want to know about that weed in the garden, or want to prepare for a potential survival situation, this guide is one of the handiest reference guides on foraging. This unique guide packs a lot of information into a small space: What is the difference between the N. There isn't a lot of difference, as most of the plants included grow throughout most of the temperate northern hemisphere. Common names of plants vary, so each guide is written with the appropriate names for those countries. What format is the guide? It is cross-platform. Web-technology is very flexible. There is a small price to pay for this flexibility. See what the guide is like Advertising Download

Silvics Manual: Guide To N. American Tree Species Russell M. Burns and Barbara H. Honkala Technical Coordinators Timber Management Research Agriculture Handbook 654 (Supersedes Agriculture Handbook 271, Silvics of Forest Trees of the United States, 1965) Forest Service United States Department of Agriculture Washington, DC December 1990 Burns, Russell M., and Barbara H. The silvical characteristics of about 200 forest tree species and varieties are described. Oxford: 174, 181 (082, 7). Cover art: Natural stands of southern pine and cypress bordering a lake in Noxubee County, MS. Foreword "Silvics of Forest Trees of the United States," Agriculture Handbook 271, was the first comprehensive document of its kind in the United States. Our store of silvical and related knowledge has markedly increased since that silvics manual was published 25 years ago. "Silvics of North America" describes the silvical characteristics of about 200 conifers and hardwood trees in the conterminous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Jerry A. Foraging Database, Edible & Medicinal Plants