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Foraging for Wild Foods

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Created January 13, 2011 at 12:02 AM

As a kid I read a book called ???My Side of the Mountain??? about a young boy that ran away from home and lived in the hollow of a huge tree for almost a year. Even though it was a work of fiction, I remember clearly how I destroyed my Mom???s blender grinding acorns to make acorn pancakes (just like in the book).

It seems that enjoying foods ???gathered??? from the wild would be pretty close to the heart of Paleo living. I enjoy finding wild blackberries, dandelion greens, chickweed, plantain, lambs quarters, nettles, purslane, and persimmons. Anyone else forage for wild foods to provide at least an occasional adjunct to a meal?

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on February 08, 2011
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how much is it where you are? i had a friend visit from ohio who was kind of horrified that we called them bugs and tore into them at the beach like a bunch of animals. he had only ever seen lobster in really fancy restaurants. he thought you only ate the tail!

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on February 08, 2011
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im envious of $5/lb fresh lobster... wow.

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i wish i had a friend who loved to hunt ducks, but hated to eat them- that would be such a score!

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I am envious of the free clams.

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Thanks for the book suggestion Looska! I have added it to my Amazon wish list.

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on January 13, 2011
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Asked something similar just yesterday and still waiting for an answer. http://paleohacks.com/questions/18542/tribulus-terrestris-and-other-herbal-supplements#axzz1As2Ja1Yp Hope you're luckier than me.

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on January 13, 2011
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Absolutely loved that book as a kid. Never did running away from home look so appealing. That and another book, "Two Little Savages" provided great companionship for a city kid who just wanted to live in a teepee, bathe in a creek, hunt in the woods, and run wild and free.

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on January 13, 2011
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I loved it too, and was crushed when my parents did not buy me the falcon I requested for Christmas that year.

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I loved that book too!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on January 13, 2011
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here in coastal new england, i do a lot of foraging for seafood- the town i live in invented the fried clam (!!), and everyone has a license to dig. i find it very relaxing and rewarding. im also lucky enough ot have a neighbor who loves to dig clams but hates to eat them so i get buckets full let on my doorstep! i also grab a lot of muscles.

ive also been diving for lobster, but its kind of a PITA and not really all that worth the effort involved- fresh lobster is usually around $5 a pound.

blueberries are a big thing for us in august.

purslane is a "weed" that grows around a lot in the late summer that i like eating. apparently its caught on because now my CSA is selling their invasive weed for lots of $$ to the yuppies!

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on January 13, 2011
at 01:41 PM

I am envious of the free clams.

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on January 13, 2011
at 06:29 PM

i wish i had a friend who loved to hunt ducks, but hated to eat them- that would be such a score!

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:15 PM

im envious of $5/lb fresh lobster... wow.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on February 08, 2011
at 11:28 PM

how much is it where you are? i had a friend visit from ohio who was kind of horrified that we called them bugs and tore into them at the beach like a bunch of animals. he had only ever seen lobster in really fancy restaurants. he thought you only ate the tail!

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on January 13, 2011
at 12:40 AM

The nutrient profile of freshly-picked, naturally ripened fruits ought to be significantly greater than those picked unripe and allowed to ripen during transport/storage (sometimes with added ethylene gas). I'd too would like to start literally hunting and gathering.

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on September 10, 2011
at 08:18 PM

You might really like reading about Evan Strusinski. He is a master of foraging. I just read an article about him in Outside magazine, and I just found this one in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303443904575578283563685578.html

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on February 08, 2011
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on February 08, 2011
at 04:45 PM

When I was a kid I would "forage" in the neighbors' raspberry bush, and go chicken neckin' (catching crabs with a chicken neck as bait). Now I feel inspired to get back into it (but find some public berry bushes), so thanks for the idea!

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on January 13, 2011
at 05:04 AM

It sounds like this book might be the adult version of that children's book? Curiously just found it on Amazon and thought of this post.

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on January 13, 2011
at 04:17 AM

i love it. so far its season.Where iam now the civilized time thiefs, pollute all plants. The refusing winter, make it so very hard or sad to forage. soon there will be birch sap. und the snow is lots greens. pine...

blackberry leafs. dried leaf debris, has some nutrients...

paleo guys are maybe feel too male to do the gathering activity?

***more and more the greens come out of the ground or discover under the snow. I know there are so many knowledge on foraging wild plants in the us.

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