The Grow System
Good article @judsoncarroll4 . I am familiar with most of these but Ramps don't grow here. Can you confirm that the picture shown is ramps? Or is it another species of the onion family?
Actually, I wondered about that pic, too. The ramps will come up here mid April. Those that grow by my creek are smaller and more blue in hue, less shiny, more delicate and usually with a reddish line toward the bulb... more like British ramsons. I will take some pics of them and do a full article when they do. "The nose knows" when it comes to ramps.
That is a good list in itself, and all the links to other articles makes it even better. Now I am even more impatient for the snow to just go away,
It's so good to be back among TGN folks. Feels like coming home....I just did an online workshop, a joint effort by the local Senior Center and the Extension Office, "Supper Foods for a Super You." Another. World. Basically it was about trying to select the least unhealthy stuff at the grocery store. The two presenters were shocked at the idea of eating wild plants, discouraged us from buying grocery-store sprouts because of contamination concerns but had never considered home sprouting, had never heard about the nutritional value of mushrooms, etc. etc. I kept trying to remind myself this was for seniors, many of whom have limited mobility, and might not be open to trying new things, but still.... Here were these two supposed nutrition experts talking about things like the health benefits of cruciferous vegetables, like, you know, umm, broccoli, spinach and Romaine lettuce....I did put a plug in for TGN during the discussion period, as a place where you could get so much information about raising food for yourself even indoors when you're not very mobile, learning about easy-to-find wild foods and such. Sorry to veer off the foraging track, still recovering from the culture shock......
I enjoyed the article. And the pictures will be an excellent resource to help in locating many of them in my area. Thanks for sharing @judsoncarroll4.
When my class at Wilderness Awareness School went on our survival trip in western Washington we utilized several of these plants as food sources! It was in early May, in the Cascade foothills, and the 18 of us were dropped off on a chilly Monday morning with only the clothing we wore to see how well we had learned our lessons over the previous 9 months. (Mind you, we did have an emergency satellite phone and there were instructors camped out near by - something we suspected, but did not know for sure.)
When we were picked up on Friday, we had built shelter, made fire with a bow drill that was created on the spot, kept that fire going all week, found a spring with reasonably good water, which we purified by boiling in beer bottles found on the river bank, and we ate pretty well.
Aside from the one garter snake that we cooked, we dined primarily on cattail shoots roasted on that fire, and on miner's lettuce, chickweed and thimbleberry shoots. It was too early for nettle or berries at that altitude. But we had sufficient food, water, and shelter. We all passed the final exam!
I usually have a few trick up my sleeve... or, in my pack really. Some of it isn't legal everywhere, so I'm only admitting to using such things where they are... crawfish traps, nets, trot and bank lines, snares, a couple of small traps. If I can find water, usually I'll have some fish by supper and some meat by morning. Wild plants and mushrooms just round out the meals.
@Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri Wow! That sounds amazing and absolutely terrifying.😲 I don't know if I could do something like that. My husband loves to watch the shows where they do just that but for weeks/months at a time.
My husband and I enjoy foraging for ramps in the spring. Yum delicious! 😋