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Old 02-12-2008, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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We didn't use any lawn chemicals in our last home, the lawn was full of wild scallions and we used them all the time.
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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I've dried wild camomile and made tea.

Had wild strawberries and huckleberries. Made jam, muffins and pies out of the huckleberries.

Picked and ate morel mushrooms (love em')

Had shaggy mane mushrooms once (didn't care for those)
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:53 PM
 
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I grew up in Chicago too!!!! Rasberry bushes were everywhere and they were oh so good. I would never eat mushrooms (unless I bought them at a grocery store - and who knows where they came from).
My grandfather was from Europe and was a very skilled mushroom picker with years of experience so we trusted that and it was all okay. However, when he got to be in his late 80's, my parents lost confidence in his abilities so they'd throw away what he picked and substitute store bought mushrooms, without telling him. We didn't want to burst his pride.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:07 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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Growing up we spent some time in Oregon with my grandparents. We would pick buckets of blackberries for pies and jam. I haven't picked anything in awhile.

We have wild mushrooms that are poisonous where I live. Every year a few people have to be life flighted to the city because they eat the mushrooms. According to the hospital, its mostly been German tourists. So there was talk of putting a mushroom warning in the local visitors guide literature.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Here in Arizona prickly pear cactus is everywhere & quite tasty! Lots of preparation involved, but well worth it.

Growing up in Louisiana I ate pears right off the tree, when you are a kid, there is no reason to rinse it off!
And the HUGE pecan tree in our yard was my favorite!! There is nothing like fresh pecans!!
Blackberries were very abundant, also straight off the bush or in a bowl at home with sugar....ummm.

Gotta love nature's treasures!
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Oz
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Mushrooms, berries, greens...if it's edible and pick-able, I've eaten it.
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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With the title of this thread, I was expecting 'wild' foods to be rabbit,opposum etc.Whew,well then - Of course, berries. In Oregon the blackberries took over our whole 'hood.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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During the early 70's, my wife and I were mobile and spent our winters in Florida and our summers along the pacific Northwest Coast. Gathering foods from the natural environment was a large part of our life and we learned a lot from the local folks who were always friendly and willing to share what resources the area had and teach us the local methods to harvest them.

Clams, oysters, fish, and other sea creatures made up a large part of our diet. We learned what species were native to each locale and how to dig or gather them.

On the north coast there was always an abundance of berries. Blueberries, Thimbleberries, Salmonberries, Blackberries, Raspberries and probably others that I have forgotten were all part of out diet.

Depending on the season, many kinds of "Greens" were also available. Our migration from Florida back to the West Coast was signaled by the appearance of the Spring Onions along the sides of the roads. Of course mushrooms are abundant in the north west and were a pleasurable addition to our diet, but not as pleasurable as the "special" mushrooms that we harvested in the winter in Central Florida.

We would spend the Spring in Death Valley. Since there was not much food to gather in that environment, we would use our time there to fast and purify before we indulged ourselves in the abundance of the Pacific Ocean.

I haven't thought about these things for years, but the other day I was in the grocery store and saw some fresh clams in their shells. As I stared at them, I was back on Tillamook bay gathering Cockels. It was low tide in the early morning and their shells were glistening as they caught the rising sun. They just lay on top of the now exposed ocean floor waiting for us to pick them up. It was like an Easter egg hunt where the eggs and candy weren't hidden at all, but were out where the kids could easily find them because that was the part of the game that the adults enjoyed. As we picked up the Cockels, we were aware of the game, and we were thankful to be allowed to play.

I was about to give up the Cockel picking and dig for some giant Blue Clams when I was snapped back to reality by a lady next to me saying, "If it wasn't for this Food Depot, I think I would starve to death."

I looked at my two bags of frozen fish sticks, three cans of soup, six packages of Ramen, bag of Tortillas, and package of frozen cinnamon rolls and said "Yup, me too".
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I've eaten some fern and a wild onion before
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