Wild Edibles

Discussion in 'Camping, Hiking, Cooking' started by Dustin Bise, May 5, 2009.

  1. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

    To me one of the best parts about camping/ being in nature is the ability to identify and devour wild edibles. We are blessed in the NW with a large supply of wild edible plants, esp in the puget sound region.

    Did you know that over 99 percent of the sea algea in puget sound is edible? Post your favorite wild foods and recipes if you have any.

    I really like....

    using acorns to create flour and then cooking up muffins (include some blackberrie)

    nettle stew

    dandelion pesto

    all the native edible berries (thimbleberry is my no1, with huckleberry at no.2)

    Wild edibles are a great way to supplemnt backcountry and front country cooking. Please share your thoughts. Also, when harvesting, please use responsible harvest techniques to ensure future success of the plants and future harvests.
  2. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    I usually grab a snack or two to supplement the regular backpacking food on the trail. my favorites include salads of sheep and wood sorrel with other wild greens like dandelion (where available), stonecrop, etc. A handful of wild blueberries or highbush cranberries in the morning oatmeal is always nice, as well. Indian plum is always a nice find, too. I also like to make teas out of young blackberry leaves.
  3. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

  4. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    indian plum taste like cucumber
    i made pork tenderloins in a salal sauce last year
    nettle soup rocks
    still waiting for my morel spot to pop
    anybody try skunk cabbage?
  5. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

    yea i have. its alright but not my favorite. coming up on some wild onions is always a treat too.
  6. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    I'm not much into eating grass or weeds, and I'm not really a tea drinker. I pick huckleberries, tho, but I figure it takes more calories to pick them than I derive from eating them. Couldn't survive that way.

  7. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    striping baskets make good huckleberry containers
    just run your fingers through the plant and collect berries and leaves
    then float the brambles off
  8. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    I'm curious as to how one prepares skunk cabbage. There's a lot of it growing around here. there are several plants growing in the low, wet area just behind my property. I might want to try that out, just so I'll know if its tasty or not.

    I have tried various edible wild greens around here, including red sorrel, dandelion, shotweed, and miner's lettuce. I prefer cultivated greens, as they are usually tastier and more tender. But the wild stuff will do if you're up a trail somewhere.
    Lots of wild strawberries around here at the beach, as well as native and Himalayan blackberries, red and evergreen huckleberries, twinberries, salmonberries, and thimbleberries. In the late Summer and early Fall, I can park my boat at dead high tide when hunting cutts up a coastal creek, and kill time picking native blackberries while I'm waiting for the tide to start running back out.
  9. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

    traditionally skunk cabbage was a famine food.
  10. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    This is a great thread. I might point out that Himalayan Blackberry is not native, but I love'm! I don't eat much native stuff except red and blue hucks, and blackcaps, but anxious to try you guys suggestions. I do like chantrelles on steak! I'm embarassed to say I have a small native plant nursery at my home, but haven't learned the edibles!
  11. Randall Dee

    Randall Dee Castaway

    Don't forget the fiddle heads.
  12. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    They've been linked to stomach cancer in humans and horses (if eaten regularly). I've stayed away from them since I learned that...

    Larry- While Himalaya blackberries (and Evergreen blackberries, for that matter) aren't native there is the low-growing Pacific blackberry that is native here. They are actually way better, flavor wise, than the other species. In fact, a lot of commercial blackberry hybrids use Pacific blackberry as a starting material.
  13. kingpuck

    kingpuck new to fly fishing but loving every minute of it

    As someone who is newer to the backpacking version of camping I have been interested in getting to know what is okay to eat out in the wild to liven up the experience and teach my younger siblings some valuable nature skills. So here is my question that I'd like to pose to you, how did you learn what was okay to eat around here? Are you using books, friends, trial and error hoping that you won't die? What's the secret here.
  14. bhudda

    bhudda heffe'

    not if your korean :) ....j/k, never heard of cancers before. ive eatin them since i was little, mostly in the fall winter time as a dried food, added to soups. very smelly as they dry but wonderful as an additive to broths, i have never seen them ate as a fresh green tho. my auntie , down in south sound area does alot of kelp and seaweed harvesting, tastes great! big difference between freshly dried and preservative dried, hands down we got good sea weed round' her' buddy! wish i knew more about shrooms' to actually eat them in the wild. great thread by the way

  15. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

    For me it has been a slow learning proccess. I took some ethnobotony classes, read some books, practiced, and learned things from friends. If you are in doubt don't eat it, advice to keep you learning. It's important to learn of plants that are dangerous as well. Aside from one, I do not eat mushrooms that I find.
  16. snarky clarki

    snarky clarki New Member

    Our native blackberry (rubus ursinus) is usually called trailing blackberry. Not sure if this is what you are calling pacific. My favorite local edible berry has to be vaccinium ovatum (evergreen huckleberry). Picked enough last fall to make a nice thick pie from my property last summer. Be careful what you eat out there. Go with a trained expert not a friend who thinks they know what a chantrelle looks like.
  17. Ray

    Ray Member

    I've used wild ginger root to spice up a few meals while backpacking. Wild berries like thimbleberry and huckleberry go great with breakfast. Morels are a great (although buggy) way to enhance dehydrated lasagne or other hearty meal.
  18. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

    Are you sure you are not confusing Salmon berries with thimble berries. Birds don't even eat thimble berries. Nothing but seeds and dry nothing.
  19. UptheCreek

    UptheCreek Member

    Just picked some morels last weekend although they weren't as plentiful as I would have liked. They were tasty though!!
  20. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

    thimble berry is good to eat. its alot like a raspberry. You can bake with them, eat them fresh, or make jam.

    They are both of the Rubus family.