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There are dozens of edible wild plant species growing in North America and the rest of the World, ready for the taking.

They grow in the woods, the fields, swamps, sagebrush country, mountains and river bottoms. Even in your back yard, if you have one.

I love foraging.

I think, it takes us back to a time, when we all were hunter-gatherers.

I was introduced to foraging at an very early age. I was about 8 years old in Germany. The war had just ended and there was no food. There was a bunch of us kids and we were hungry.

So we foraged - not so much in the wilds, but in the farmers vegetable gardens. Tomatoes, carrots and kohlrabi were the favorites. We raided the chicken houses for eggs which we sucked out raw. We visited the berry patches and knew every tree in the village that produced early apples, plumbs or cherries.

Not only did this help with the hunger, it was also very exiting because of the constant chance of being caught and taking a severe licking. It happened to me once - it wasn't so much the pain of the beating, as the loss of face among the group of letting myself get caught.

I later went on to make my first money by selling wild mushrooms to a Tuberculosis-Sanatorium that sat at edge of our table top mountain.

Wild food grows everywhere,

and unless you pick them off a farmers field, there is no chemical fertilizer, herbicide or pesticide that ever came near them.

Some other places you should avoid are on or near garbage dumps, old industrial sites or any other place, that looks in any way contaminated.

Plants will take up whatever is in the soil and leachates from these places contain god knows what.

That leaves you with the rest of the wild countryside and there is lots of it.

As I mentioned before, there are a large number of plants out there, you can eat. The trick is to get to know them, one at a time and know them well. Then move on and do the same with the next one. The easiest way to do that is to...

Get a partner.

Someone who knows wild foods. Get him/her to show you, exactly, what they look like, where they grow how to find them and what to do with them, once you picked them.

I will list and describe some of my favorites of the hundred or so species, that grow here on the BC coast, starting with the lowly dandelion.

It is a lot of fun, to collect wild food - you might consider, picking it up as your next hobby.

And then there is this other terrifying thought: What would you ever do in a time where (god forbid) regular food was scarce or not available, for whatever reason?

Should you be unable to find a life partner to guide you to the wild edibles, get one here, at the store in the form of a written field guide.

The store also features great outdoor clothes to help you with your field trips.

 

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