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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2003, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know of a good recipe book for the backcountry or how to identify and cook the native plants? (or mushrooms <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>) I'm willing to try nettle tea for eg. What's eatable or not. Which ferns to avoid for fiddle heads. Know what I mean?

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"Edible Wild Fruits and Nuts of Canada" Nancy Turner and Adam Szczawinski

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2003, 07:32 PM
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Have 2 that are not too bad .
Wild Harvest... Edible plants of the pacific northwest
by Terry Domico
and the Royal B.C. Museum handbook " Food Plants of Interior First Peoples by nancy J Turner

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Nice.. i've been looking for some books for that purpose.. Thanks for the suggestions. I haven't found anything yet that covers what i've been looking for.

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I've found that a number of the more extensive survival books also tell you what you can and cannot eat. You'll have to come up with the recipes yourself, but at least you'll know what is safe.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2003, 10:37 AM
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I used to be the residing edible plant "guide" on native plant society hikes when I lived in Oregon. Of all the books I have on this subject matter - and they are many - my favorate is: Discovering Wild Plants by Janice J. Schofield. This covers the plants part very well. It helps also to really know your plant families. Some families have both edible and deadly plants in them, and mistakes are often made in distinguishing which is which. Make absolutely sure you know what you have. One mistake could be your last.

As for mushrooms. The above statement is all the more true for mushrooms. I have helped ID mushrooms for local mycology groups and have been an avid mushroomer for years. I still double check everything, sometimes triple check. The best book for learning mushroom identification skills is called Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora. I highly recommend contacting a local mycolgy group to learn id skills and to have someone who really knows what they are doing be a back up identifier. And that said, even when I learn of a new to me potentially edible mushroom by the head identifier of our local group...who REALLY knows his stuff, I still look it up for myself and key it out and take spore prints and the such.
Going out mushrooming with someone who knows there stuff fairly well is a good way to start learning. There is NO room for mistakes in mushrooming. Mushrooms are far more difficult to identify than plants. Some can only be fully identified by looking at the spores under a microscope. There are easy to learn edibles and easy to learn deadly mushrooms. And this is a good place to start. I just can't say enough about not assuming anything when it comes to mushrooms. It is a constant learning experience and a rewarding one, but always err on the side of caution.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 12-10-2003, 02:34 PM
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Hi Nomad!
I am new to the site so I am reading all of the old posts as well, so excuse me for draging on threads, Peterson Field Guides has some good books, also if you get the chance purchase Mors Kochanski's video tapes he does not talk much if any about recipes but the tapes are great for identification, I had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago and Mors seems to really know what he is talking about. I have some of his tapes and I think they are great!
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Remember Otters point on mushrooms a lot look very close. You have to do the spore tests. If you don't it could be the last thing you do. If there is any doubt don't eat them.[xx(][xx(][xx(]

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