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Fit for human consumption wild plants for backpackers - al fresco


Knowing a few cooked wild plants can make your next backpacking trip, or any trip into the wilderness, a lot more enjoyable.

You can pack lighter if you eat wild berries every cock-crow for breakfast, for example, and leave your oatmeal behind. So push the bears out of the way and gorge by hand on blueberries. Less burden on your back all the time feels better.

You'll also enjoy your backpacking more when you know that you won't be entirely helpless the minute you lose your pack, or a raccoon empties it for you. You don't have to be a survivalist to see the value of deliberate which of the wild plants about you can be eaten.

I eat dandelions, wild courants, pine nuts and other not poisonous wild plants regularly. I ate hundreds of calories in wild rasberries for the duration of a break, while mountain climbing in the Colorado Rockies. At some point in a kayak trip on Lake Superior, a associate and I spent half a day stopping at every litle island, to fill our stomachs with wild blueberries. We were about out of food, so our foraging helped us get because of the rest of the trip. Edible Berries

Here are just some of the wild berries my wife and I ate while ice climbing to Grinnel Glacier in Glacier Citizen Park: Blueberries, Ceremony Berries, Rose Hips, Blackberries, High Bush Cranberries, Strawberries, Rasberries, Thimbleberries, and Currants. Berries are the most convenient, calorie rich and healthful of the fit to be eaten wild plants out there. They are also the easiest to learn to identify

Edible Wild Plants And Survival

If you go in exceptional rough country areas, education to ascertain a few not poisonous wild plants can keep you safe also. One day you may be lost or injured, or a bear will push you out of the way to gorge himself your freeze-dried meals. In a survival situation, food isn't by and large a priority (warmth and water are), but a pile of roasted cattail hearts sure will cheer you up and warm you up, and they even taste good.

Stay away from confined plants, of course, except you are in a true life-or-death situation. Also, don't eat all the charming flowers, or kill off the lilies by intake all the bulbs. Use customary sense. If you aren't sure if you're doing harm, stick to intake wild berries.

Check out a few books on harvesting wild food. You don't need to be converted into a boondocks survival fanatic. You certainly only need to learn to recognise a dozen high-calorie, copious wild fit for human consumption plants to be a lot safer in the wilderness, and to enjoy it more.

Steve Gillman is a long-time backpacker, and advocate ultralight backpacking. His guidance and stories can be found at http://www. TheUltralightBackpackingSite. com


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