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Old 03-29-2012, 10:14 AM   #81
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We forage. We collect high bush cranberries, wild grapes (and the leaves), maple sap, asparagus, wild blueberries. My dad collects the same, as well as morel mushrooms (when the weather cooperates). Last year wasn't a good year for morels where he lives. And, milkweed.
When I lived in the country, we foraged too, but we were beginners. Got some wild 'shrooms - had a book to identify them and lots of white and black paper to see what colour the spores were.

I had forgotten about milkweed. The buds were surprising tasty.
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When I lived in the country, we foraged too, but we were beginners. Got some wild 'shrooms - had a book to identify them and lots of white and black paper to see what colour the spores were.

I had forgotten about milkweed. The buds were surprising tasty.
Ever have battered and fried elderberry flowers? How about cat-tail tubers and fiddleheads in your stew? When I taught Hunter Safety, there was a reserve FWC officer that everyone swore you could drop her in the middle of the Everglades naked, with just a knife and she would walk out fully clothed and 10 lbs heavier.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #83
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Ever have battered and fried elderberry flowers? How about cat-tail tubers and fiddleheads in your stew? When I taught Hunter Safety, there was a reserve FWC officer that everyone swore you could drop her in the middle of the Everglades naked, with just a knife and she would walk out fully clothed and 10 lbs heavier.
Done the cat-tail tubers and fiddleheads (I went to grad school in NB, fiddleheads were abundant and a bunch of us went out each spring to collect them). I'll have to check the back forty for fiddleheads this year...
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When I lived in the country, we foraged too, but we were beginners. Got some wild 'shrooms - had a book to identify them and lots of white and black paper to see what colour the spores were.

I had forgotten about milkweed. The buds were surprising tasty.
I really like milkweed and collect it in the fields every May-June.
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Ever have battered and fried elderberry flowers? How about cat-tail tubers and fiddleheads in your stew? When I taught Hunter Safety, there was a reserve FWC officer that everyone swore you could drop her in the middle of the Everglades naked, with just a knife and she would walk out fully clothed and 10 lbs heavier.
I did that with elderberry flowers last year.

I could never find any fiddleheads. I don't remember why we didn't do anything with cat tail tubers. Maybe it was the quantity of skeeters in our "swamp". If I get bitten by enough skeeters I have a reaction and puff up. It's very unpleasant. It's happened twice.
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I did that with elderberry flowers last year.

I could never find any fiddleheads. I don't remember why we didn't do anything with cat tail tubers. Maybe it was the quantity of skeeters in our "swamp". If I get bitten by enough skeeters I have a reaction and puff up. It's very unpleasant. It's happened twice.
The Miccosukee learned a long time ago that tobacco smoke, especially cigar smoke and citronella repel skeeters.
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The Miccosukee learned a long time ago that tobacco smoke, especially cigar smoke and citronella repel skeeters.
The Karakawa Indians (Texas coast) had a sure fire mosquito repellent. They killed an alligator and let it "ripen" in the sun for a week. Then they split it (if it hadn't already) and rubbed the contents all over them. It worked. But they were not at all popular folks and didn't get invited to many get togethers. (The fact that any covered dish they brought might well contain members of the next tribe over didn't help much.)
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The Miccosukee learned a long time ago that tobacco smoke, especially cigar smoke and citronella repel skeeters.
Not enough for me. Until I walked in the woods with my current DH, I had never met anyone who attracted skeeters as much as me. People want to walk next to me in the woods, 'cause I am tastier and other people get bitten less.
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The Miccosukee learned a long time ago that tobacco smoke, especially cigar smoke and citronella repel skeeters.
Craig never mind the skeeters the Miccosukee know how to wrestle alligators and give speeding tickets
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