Deane Jordan is supposed to have a DVD series coming out soon. I hope to get the set. He has something like 125 episodes now but I still have not seen the DVD series up for sale yet on his web-site. When you want to know whether a plant is edible or not, get a set of gloves and cut a sample, put it in a bag, then take it down to the county agriculture or extension office or college botany professor for them to tell you what it is. That way you will know for sure what it is and whether or not it is edible, medicinal, or usable or not. Otherwise find a local botanical expert on wild plants but this can (may) be a far more expensive way to identify plants. Plant guides like Peterson's is nice but only take you so far, then it comes down to local knowledge.
BTW, keep an eye out for snakes crawling around while poking around plants now that its Spring.
While on the subject, I know what John McPherson thinks about wild food. He thinks that all you need is meat (protein) and fat to live on. While it is true you need meat and fat primarily, if you do not eat enough carbohydrates and vitamins then you could still die. Nutrition needs to be well rounded so meat and fat alone will not do it. If you do not get vitamin C, you get scurvy and die. If you do not get vitamin A, your eyesight, hearing, smell, basically senses deteriorate. If you do not get vitamin B, you get beriberi (thiamine deficiency) and die. If you don't get vitamin D, you get calcium deficiency and weak bones. If you don't get vitamin E, your hair, nails, teeth, and parts of your body start to fall off. Bottom line is you need the carbohydrates and vitamins of plants in addition to meat (protein) and fat and there is no way around that. I am not trying to dispute JM about the need for meat and fat but I disagree that a person can live on meat and fat alone and there are lots of nutritionists that say the same thing I just did. Meat and fat just does not provide the critical vitamins and carbohydrates that come from plants.
- Robert M.
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