Foraging

Discussion in 'Meals and Menu Planning' started by Outsider, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Outsider

    Outsider Paddler

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    My trip this summer will be similar to last year's. I will be paddling the coast up around Princess Royal Island and Aristazabal for a month in August.
    It was quite difficult to carry sufficient food last year in my Solstice GTS as it is narrow and offers less hatch space than most other expedition kayaks. It was necessary for me to fish a lot and dig for shell fish. I also steamed Bull Whip kelp and a couple other sea weeds.
    I have been searching for books/info on what sea and shore plants are good to eat and how to prepare them. No luck so far.
    Does anyone do this or can anyone suggest where I might find some information?

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  2. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

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    Couple resources you may not have seen.

    First of a series: Intro to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Tour with John Gallagher: http://youtu.be/EYHtzwIVzsk

    http://www.amazon.com/Northwest-Foragin ... 1594853665

    And the go to book covering edibles and nonedibles. Very well done. Used in a wild plants field lab I took, few years back.

    http://www.amazon.com/Plants-The-Pacifi ... 5KVT6FQB3W

    Could be you were fat starved. Might pay to take along a liter or so of canola oil or similar. Cooking oil has the most caloric content of any food you can take, either on a weight basis or a volume basis.
     
  3. chodups

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    Consider contacting Jennifer Hahn in Bellingham regarding foraging. Read Spirited Waters.
     
  4. bigbear

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    Nancy Turner, a well known ethnobotanist from Victoria has had a number of 'outstanding' handbooks that were available from the Victoria Museum bookstore. No idea if they are still available. They were titled "Food Plants of British Columbia Indians". Their was a series of them from Coastal Peoples to Interior Peoples. Colour photographs, a handbook and very thorough. Considered by many to be the 'bible' of food plants/uses of BC by First Nations. I have them all......was used extensively in my earlier life. If not found or no longer published try a good used bookstore. I found that they have been republished.....

    http://www.amazon.ca/Plant-Technology-P ... FSHCN6CED3

    http://www.amazon.ca/Food-Plants-Coasta ... SDRF6Y0HR3

    http://www.amazon.ca/Food-Plants-Interi ... QBGY98DA6Y

    The handbook on 'Plant Technology' is very useful. Plants to 'caulk' a wound, plants to use as a 'sandpaper', etc, etc.........very useful and informative. Highly recommended!!
     
  5. Outsider

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    Thanks bigbear,
    Much appreciated. I will check this out. Sounds promising.

    Outsider