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    1. Deer

    2. Muscadines

    3. Blackberrys


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    Swamp Cabbage, palmetto shoots, Koontie
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    Plants: manzanita berry cider, black chanterelle mushrooms,
    Animals: rockfish and abalone

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    Quote Originally Posted by the edge View Post
    i like berries
    Hehe, any particular berries you want to tell us about on here friend? lb
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    Cool No deer today my friend:)

    Quote Originally Posted by longbow shooter View Post
    1. Deer

    2. Muscadines

    3. Blackberrys
    Hehehe, nope, deer meat ain't supposed to be on this plant menu. Sorry bud. Got another plant for us? lb
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    Cool Hiho Highhawk...

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    Swamp Cabbage, palmetto shoots, Koontie
    Thanks for those but hehehe, ya got me stumped on the last one there. Koontie? Maybe you've got a picture or link to one? Thanx for posting to this old thread too by the way. lb
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pale E O View Post
    Plants: manzanita berry cider, black chanterelle mushrooms,
    Animals: rockfish and abalone
    Nice list. So is abalone good stuff? How do ya prepare it? lb
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    Cool Nice move Crash...

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    CS - rather than delete your thread as you asked, I've merged it with this thread.
    Now there's a smooth move buddy Crash. Thanx man, right where it belongs eh. lb
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    Quote Originally Posted by dilligaf2u2 View Post
    Try this!

    http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/food.htm

    Hard tack recipes is in here and how to use it.

    Don
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    Cool Bumped for noobs...

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryB View Post
    Hey Bear, what would be your third favorite, if you couldn't have fish? I like fish too, but like I said, we'll probably start another thread for that more MEATY stuff soon.

    Wolf, I like those Shaggy Manes too. Lots of 'em up here in the early fall. Haven't tried the Champs yet though and Prickly Pears don't grow this far north.

    Yes OwlGirl, I agree, it's hard to beat a well stuffed Wild Grape leaf. I pick a few batches every spring. Right now, up here in Ontario, the Wild Violets are just starting to pop up in some of the spots I forage. I take half leaves and half flowers, opened or just the unopened bud. I eat them raw in Spring salads and dried for winter tea. Whenever I pick (harvest) anything, I am a very selective picker. I only pick a few pieces from any one plant and then it's only the ones that are at their peak in looks and health benefits to my body. No second rate berry or whatever gets in my poke. All those are left for the other creatures, who are not so selective. Never, ever, over harvest a wild plant! You are in effect RapeN and Pillaging that species and could even wipe it out with your greedy ways. SO, be selective and thankful and kind in your harvesting methods, fellow wild food eaters. The same plants will come back next year to feed you again if you do. AND, they won't if you don't!

    Good replies ya'll, and thanx a heap for your contributions to this thread!

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    Cool Agreed on that...

    Quote Originally Posted by trax View Post
    We need a recipe thread and Beowulf just needs to publish a cookbook, LOL. Just kidding, bro, definitely keep 'em coming.
    Hehehe Ya, that would be a good idea. Start your own thread boys, there's lots of room on here. lb
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    Glad to see a post from a fellow Oregonian. I'm guessing by your name that you live in Tangent. I live in Portland. I love wild berries too. It's awesome when you unexpectedly discover them on a hike.

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    I like to fry up some cattial root in butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexpeacock200 View Post
    I like to fry up some cattial root in butter.
    Seriously? Tough, spongy rind, internal fibers and all?? Just Fried in butter eh? You will have to teach me that trick.

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    Well, around here (today is the first freeze of this year) we have sorrel, sow thistle and wild mustard. All are excellent in salad, and sorrel makes a great walking around snack. The stems are actually more lemony than the leaves. Sow thistle and wild mustard are great adds to any kind of stew.

    Now that the freeze has come, Jerusalem artichokes (found some not far away) and Maximillian sunflowers both have nice tubers just waiting to be harvested. They say they taste like potatoes, but they don't really. They are good to eat, however, and have lots of carbs.

    Before the freeze, they aren't as good for you, as there is a temperature-driven chemical change in the tubers. Now that it's frozen, we'll mark the spots before the leaves all fall off and the plants get very hard to locate. Gayflower is dying back, too, and it makes a root that's good to eat.

    All those plants are googleable, and all are common to many parts of North America. Botanical.com is a pretty good place to look for plants and their uses, but they're short on photos. Sketches don't really do the trick if you're foraging. Too many lookalikes, some of which are not food.

    I utterly agree, however, that a fellow could starve to death with a belly full of salad. Calories and carbs from roots and leaves are fine, but we also need some fats and proteins to survive for long. Watch your step, squirrels, I got my eye on you...
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    For tea, we have a bazillion different flowers and leaves, but yaupon grows everywhere here. The leaves, when dried (low oven until they turn browish is just right) and ground up, have a flavor similar to coffee, and just about as much caffeine. The berries (keep a handful dry in your first aid kit) make a good emetic. I can't prescribe how many is the right dose, though. Never fear, if you take to many, they'll come up with the rest.

    Since I have about 200 yaupon on my property, I may consider just stopping buying coffee altogether, and just process yaupon. I carry some in my emergency bag, too, because you never know when you might need to stay awake at night....

    ww w.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ILVO

    BEWARE: By the way, there are two sort of lookalike plants, Possum Haw, and Chinese Privet, both have similarly shaped leaves, both have red berries, and both are said to be very toxic. Never tried them, I just took the man's word for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmark View Post
    Seriously? Tough, spongy rind, internal fibers and all?? Just Fried in butter eh? You will have to teach me that trick.
    Well, he didn't say he actually ate it, just liked to fry it. Heh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Demetrius
    Watch your step, squirrels, I got my eye on you...


    Ken is not going to be very happy over this. No, sir. Not one little bit.

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    speaking of blackberries.
    just got back from picking them.
    they are pretty big this year.
    gonna make black berry pie for the mister tonite.
    use to years ago i would make blackberry juice.
    blackberry syrup but hubby does not care for the blackberry syrup so much.
    blackberry fruit leather.
    u can also use the blackberry leaves for tea.i think its a cure for diarreah.
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    1) Pine Needle Tea
    I use this stuff instead of coffee all the time. Once or twice a week I fill a cargo pocket full of the greenest needles I can find from a few young pine trees and then cut them up into an herb cube tray, chunk the nasty black end pieces, add water until it just covers them, and stick the tray in the freezer.

    When I get up in the morning I throw a cube in the coffee cup and add almost boiling water before I get dressed. Then before I walk out if the door I pour it through a strainer into a thermos with some sugar at the bottom, and shake it up while I'm walking to the truck.

    I'm seriously addicted. And I have no sinus issues at all. Ever. I had horrible summer colds that turned into bronchitis at least every other year before I made this stuff a part of my regular diet. It's amazing. Just don't boil the needles or it comes out turpentine tea instead of pine needle tea. Coffee pot water works perfect.
    2) Muscadines. I am a horrible terrible pig when it comes to muscadines. I can eat a gallon pail all by myself.
    3) Wild blueberries. I cannot control myself around these either. If I happen find them, I start popping them in my mouth and never ever ever ever stop until I'm about to explode from the inside out.

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