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Traditional Plant Foods Of Canadian Indigenous Peoples, Nutrition, Botany & Uses

Traditional Plant Foods Of Canadian Indigenous Peoples, Nutrition, Botany & Uses
Almost all major groups of wild plants in Canada have edible members that are reported to have been used by Indigenous People. Exceptions are the Bryophytes (Mosses and Liverworts), which were not eaten—as far as can be determined in the literature. Any literature reports of "moss" being eaten seem actually to refer to lichen species. Slime molds, too, have no evidence of having been used as food. In this section plant foods listed alphabetically by scientific name within their major taxonomic categories: ALGAE (Seaweeds); LICHENS; FUNGI (including Mushrooms); PTERIDOPHYTES (Ferns and Fern-allies); GYMNOSPERMS (Conifers and Conifer-allies); and ANGIOSPERMS (Flowering Plants, both Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons). Within the PTERIDOPHYTES, GYMNOSPERMS, and ANGIOSPERMS, the plants are further categorized into families, which are also presented alphabetically by scientific name. Introduction to Algae Seaweeds are highly in variable in appearance, palatability, and nutritional content. Related:  Neo BotanicamarywithFood Foraging Database, Edible & Medicinal Plants Wild Food School - Foraging Data Sheets Edible Weed Datasheets - FREE Foraging for edible weeds is, for some folks, a way of life and a fun challenge. Knowing exactly which edible weed is the correct one to pick can be a bit tricky until you become familiar with the plants throughout their life-cycle. Below are a number of short foraging datasheets specific to particular species of edible weed in PDF format. When time permits more will be added, but several of the edible weeds below are key foraging species so if you are unfamiliar with them please download (and save to your computer) and enjoy at your leisure. Click on any of the filenames below to download the file: CHICKWEED.pdf [approx. 207k]DANDELION.pdf [approx. 231k]HOPS.pdf [approx. 126k]NETTLE.pdf [approx. 186k]PLANTAIN.pdf [approx. 186k]SOW-THISTLE.pdf [approx. 120k] See also the range of Wild Food WISDOM Cooking with Weeds eBooks at Wild Food School Homepage

Suzuki's Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Picks | Food and our planet | What you can do It's not uncommon to hear David Suzuki say, I am fish. What he means is that humans aren't much different from the living, breathing species that come from the sea. This is a good thing to remember when choosing your food. Enjoying seafood sustainably means acknowledging the animal's unique role in nature, understanding how it got from the water to your plate, and managing how much of it we consume. Our Top 10 sustainable seafood guide is a great place to start. Seafood on Suzuki's top 10 sustainable seafood list is: Choosing sustainable seafood is an easy and effective act of consumer power that helps protect our oceans, and sends a strong signal to government and industry leaders that they should do the same. Sablefish Ask for: Sablefish from the Canadian Pacific or Alaska that are trap and bottom longline caught. Avoid: Trawl caught sablefish, or those caught in California, Oregon or Washington using bottom longline. Farmed Oysters Spot Prawns Sardines Albacore Tuna Swordfish — Harpoon

Food and Permaculture by David Blume Food and Permaculture by David Blume I wrote this in response to post to the bioregional listserve from a woman at ATTRA who said something like "Of course you couldn't feed the world with such a hippy-dippy, hunter-gatherer, landscape system like permaculture." Well that got me a little steamed so this is what I wrote. Dear Folks, I would like to inject some real world experience into this otherwise abstract discussion of food and permaculture. In addition to being an ecological biologist, a permaculture production food farmer for 9 years, and an expert on biomass fuels, I have also been teaching permaculture since 1997 and have worked in many countries on food/energy production design issues. So in light of my experience I have a couple of things to say. As far as I know I was one of the only farmers fully utilizing permaculture to produce surplus food for sale in the US as a full time occupation. The math is easy. Can't do this on a commercial scale?

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. 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. Another reason to follow wild edible plants through the seasons is to locate perennial plants that you want to harvest in early spring. Learn which parts of a wild edible plant are safe to use. Conservation Don't over harvest. Avoid foraging rare and protected wild edible plants. Safety Happy foraging!

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. It is designed for quick access to all the essential information you want at your fingertips, no more wading through long text to find the facts you are looking for. 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. Advertising

Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska - June Allen The First Sign of Spring: OOLIGAN A biography of a special fish By June Allen February 17, 2003 Monday - 1:00 pm For many years the late Bill Baker, Ketchikan's Hometown Reporter, would open his newscast one late winter day each year and say with just a hint of excitement, in his familiar nasal monotone. Bill Baker's gone now. Thaleichthys pacificus Photo courtesy University of Oregon And each year the tricky little ooligan arrive in Boroughs Bay singly but finally school only as they reach the mouth of the Unuk River or one of the nearby streams that empty into Behm Canal some 50 or so miles east of Ketchikan. No one knows exactly when the valuable little fish will show up but when they do, it's a brief three-day fishery while the ooligan spawn. Bo Wagner of Metlakatla once said, "It's the one time we know that every Native and a lot of non-Natives, too, will be feasting on the same thing at the same time - ooligan." Plate 201. That initial influx of male ooligan is great for the oil.

Foraging: 52 Wild Plants You Can Eat Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild: Blackberries: Many wild berries are not safe to eat, it’s best to stay away from them. But wild blackberries are 100% safe to eat and easy to recognize. They have red branches that have long thorns similar to a rose, the green leaves are wide and jagged. They are best to find in the spring when their white flowers bloom, they are clustered all around the bush and their flowers have 5 points. Dandelions: The easiest to recognize is the dandelion, in the spring they show their bright yellow buds. Asparagus: The vegetable that makes your pee smell funny grows in the wild in most of Europe and parts of North Africa, West Asia, and North America. Elderberries: An elderberry shrub can grow easily grow about 10 feet and yield tons of food, their leaf structure is usually 7 main leaves on a long stretched out stem, the leaves are long and round and the leaves themselves have jagged edges. Pine: