Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Survival Tuesday Tip #2

Foraging: a search or the process of searching for something, especially a search for food and supplies or a search among a varied collection of things.

A lot of this depends on the location you’re trekking and the time of year you’re there. Telling you to look for wild strawberries in January in the Sierra Dessert won’t help you much. For our sake here, I’ll be focusing on two locations: Vermont in the early spring, and Appalachian Kentucky in mid-summer.  As you’ve probably guessed, that’s the locations in my books, so that’s where most of my research was focused on.  I’ll be posting these during April’s A-Z challenge, so stop back then to learn probably more than you ever wanted to know about these hidden treasures. Who knows, maybe you’ll be back-packing in Vermont someday and you’ll be able to impress some friends when you pick up some watercress from a stream and eat it and don’t die.
But I digress.
As stated above, foraging can be dangerous. There are lots of plants out there than can and will kill you. That’s why it is always best to have a field guide for the particular area you plan on foraging in. But we’re talking about survival here. When you’re trying to survive, you usually didn’t have time to study up on the local scenery. One good rule of thumb is to watch the animals. If they can eat it, you usually can, too.

*Definition obtained from Encarta Dictionary, English