Re: Edible Wild Plants
Kevin Cunningham (adlon@THE-WIRE.COM)
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 23:04:54 -0400
>Bob Myers asked the following:
>>Our troop is interested in information (on the net or in books) on edible wild
The "SAS Survival Guide" by John Wiseman (Harper Collins Publishers - ISBN
0004701674) has about 40 pages discussing food plants including primroses,
juniper, prickly pears, reindeer moss and kelp. It also contains many
warnings regarding poisons & other dangers.
>In the requirements for Wilderness Survival Merit Badge it askes the boy to
>explain why it may not be wise to eat local edible plants in a wilderness
>I can think of a few possible reasons:
>1. Chance for misidentification leading to eating a non edible plant.
>2. Chance of bacterial infection associated with eating local plants even if
>edible. (food poisoning)
>3. Potentially don't have the necessary equipment to properly prepare such
>things as stinging nettles or dandilions, etc.
>Can anyone add some others?
Leaves which are edible when young & fresh develop toxins when they wilt
(e.g. raspberry, peach & cherry)
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