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Old 03-13-2008, 11:48 AM
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awesome..i'll add a few things later today! are you gonna move the other threads that were posted ..into this section?
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I've got a question Kev. Beside the Edible Wild Plants Section it currently says (9/93). Before I started the pine tree threat it said (8/93). What do those numbers mean? Is that the minimum number of posts that we must get to keep this section open?
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The SAS survival hand book has helpful ideas on how to test wild plants for safe consumption. Local knowledge is good but not always available.
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I have been interessted in wild edible plants for a while found a reasonable book in the local library;

wild food for free by Jonathon Hilton, it includes suggested recipes as well as good descriptions and pictures of edible fairly easily found plants and fungi.

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I have been interessted in wild edible plants for a while found a reasonable book in the local library;

wild food for free by Jonathon Hilton, it includes suggested recipes as well as good descriptions and pictures of edible fairly easily found plants and fungi.

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I could lose myself in these threads for hours. Amazing how little I know. Trying to satisfy my Newbie requirement or I'd keep quiet.
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If you eat something and it doesn't make you sick or kill you then it is safe.
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The SAS survival hand book has helpful ideas on how to test wild plants for safe consumption. Local knowledge is good but not always available.
If I were definitely starving -- and I mean definitely starving -- and there was only one plant anywhere near me -- and I mean only ONE plant -- I might test it out the SAS way (have the book, like it.) Otherwise absolutely not. I am an expert on edible wild plants and I know the misery eating a wrong plant can produce.

One time I noticed a little red flower common to my area. I thought it would make a nice salad addition. So I researched it. It is a salvia, which means it comes from a good and useful family. I looked up research on that specific plant. All of its significant properties had been analyzed, and all of them were found in other edible plants, read there were no chemical surprises in this plant. This plant was not on any edible list or on any poison list. It has been used medicinally, so it could be consumed. More so, it has been naturalized around the world and no reports of toxicity et cetera. On day one I tasted one petal the size of a small fingernail. No problems, I spit it out, no reaction. A day later I tried tasting an entire blossom, still very small. Mildly peppery. I spit it out. No reaction. The third day I ate one petal, the size of my little finger fingernail. An hour later I was dizzy, developed a horrible stomach ache and was mildly ill for 10 days -- couldn't eat for over a week.

Now that was with a very well-know, well-researched well-regarded plant of know properties tried under good, controlled conditions in a minute amount. Clearly I did not die and did not go to the hospital but I was ill enough that if I were in a survival situation it could have indeed threatened my life. So, I think one should avoid "testing" plants and stick with ones a person definitely knows. Yes, one could argue the method works but I was also quite sick and that was with a known plant of known quantities.

I suppose it has taken me this long to say the method will probably keep you from eating a deadly plant, but there are no guarantees you won't get sick. More to the point: I know plants and I knew exactly what I was doing and by the book the plant showed no threat and by the book should have been very edible. It wasn't, and I found out the hard way. So yes, the method works but I wouldn't recommend it unless one is starving and there is just one plant around.
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Zorba, Any ideas what about that plant that caused your illness?

After reading that story it's easy to see why certain plants - like the tomato - went for centuries being considered as deadly without anyone realizing they were edible. Who wants to even try something that is considered poisonous?
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Zorba, Any ideas what about that plant that caused your illness?
Oh, I know which ones exactly and why. Twice it was pollution, once the water and once the soil. The third time was a plant that should of been edible simply wasn't. That makes one cautious.
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Very helpful post. I will definitely make me think twice about consuming a plant (or plant part) that I can't positively identify as edible. If an expert can be fooled, then the rest of us really pay attention to what we're doing. Thank You.
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Its really a helpful section and thanks for such a nice information.
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The SAS survival hand book has helpful ideas on how to test wild plants for safe consumption. Local knowledge is good but not always available.
I just wanna say that a lot of books give this method but I would never use it..( and I harvest wild edibles all the time)... there are many plants that even a very minute amount can cause sever discomfort or even death.... see Water Hemlock or Deadly Nightshade along with many others....Never eat a wild edible unless you are positive of it's identification..
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What is the SAS survival handbook?
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In Texas, Mesquite beans and prickly pear catus were a major staple of Indians.
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Hey, Any info. on where to find someone who would do a walk about tour/hike to actually teach how to identifiy plants in texas that we can eat. Books are good, but I have found the info to be too general, or not account for local variations of plants.
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In Texas, Mesquite beans and prickly pear catus were a major staple of Indians.
Hiw would you prepare the mesquite bean?
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