Posted 09-06-2003 at 19:27:54
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Yep, old time family favorite recipe, this is an original secret recipe, handed down from ancestors, who would come back H@LL to haunt me if you lets this recipe get out.
1. firsts ya gots ta have a ""Poke Sac"" (if you don't have one, a gunnysack, flour sack or pillow case will do until you can get one.)
2. ya's go out back ta da far field an' walk the edge of da field. There ya select ya greens an' ya "poke" dem greens in da ""Poke Sac"".
3. When ya sac is full, ya heds home!
4. At da house, What greens come out da ""poke Sac"" Ya makes yer ""poke sallit"" out of.
5. uuuuhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm MMMMMMMM ITS GOOOT,,
There are some wild plants that are edible and actively sought by people who enjoy the provisions provided in nature.
Just as some people are allergic to some plant foods i.e. peanuts, strawberries, pineapple, there will be people who can not eat everything in the wild, just because I eat it.
There are some wild plants that will kill you really quick, and some will take there sweet time about it, others will just make you ill, and some will provide a mind altering state.
Some are perfectly safe and delicious only at certain stages of maturity, or by they way of preparing them.
AHHHHHH, but then again some provide a delicious, nutritious dinning delight.
Always be sure of your identification, utilize more than one field guide as reference when identifying wild plants, due to seasonal, regional, climatic variations, different books may present different key identifying characteristics. Know your dinner!!!!
I would suggest you take along a couple of field guides, see earlier discussion on Toadstools. I have a few favorites;
"Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast" by Pojar & Mackinnon
Dang my library has been pilfered. I can not find my other books, loaned them out.... that bothers me. I hate to lose good books.
Euell Gibbons was very popular in the late 60's and early 70's, several of his book may still be available.
John Brown was popular in the mid 70's
There are edible wild plant books. HHHMMM That did not sound correct. aahhh, There are regional field guides on ""Edible Wild Plants"" Check out your local library.
Due to regional and colloquial names for plants and mushrooms, I prefer to utilize the scientific binomial nomenclature, Greek Latin names when describing them.
What I eat and refer to as "cattail" you would probably readily recognize as a common marsh plant, frequently seen with a redwing black bird roosting or nesting in it. But if I said "Typha latifolia" you'll have to look it up, then realize, it is just a cattail (and tasty too!). But we would both know what I was talking about.
However if I said "wild onion for dinner tonight", or used the term "camas" or "camas root" would you know what I was referring to?
More importantly, would you dine with me?
Now, if you were to ask me to dine and said "wild onion for dinner tonight" or used the term "camas" or "camas root". I'd probably hem and haw and ask, "what color of pretty flower did this delectable delight have growing on it?"
Now for anyone, who gets the heebie-jeebies or the willies at the mere mention of eating wild mushrooms, this is a very important question!
Maybe I should have said ""Camassia quamash or is it Zygadenus venenosus for dinner tonight?""
I would be willing to bet $$$ if I ask ""Common camas or Death camas"" people would perk up!!
Were they Blue, or were they Cream colored?
Inquiring minds want to know!!!!
Another factor to keep in mind, just as you would not eat a spoiled rutabaga or cantaloupe, you would not want to eat rotten fruits of the wild. Also be aware that you would not spray your garden then collect veggies for dinner, be aware of power line, roads and trails that may have been sprayed.
I hope I do not discourage anyone from enjoying the great outdoors.
Even if you do not dine on the outdoor menu, I encourage people to take field guides with them.
Have fun, be safe and know your dinner!!!