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Is it practical to tap a tree for syrup on an overnight stop?

Using some numbers from Cornell's Extension program: 10 gallons of sap per tap in a season is reasonable. The length of a season varies- Let's say it's 90 days. The sugar concentration, which ...
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What is a good source of vitamin C in the wild?

There are many sources of vitamin C in the wild. Some of the tricks that I have come across is to know how to extract it in ways that do not destroy the vitamin C. Berries are great in vitamin C and ...
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How do you tap a tree for sap?

Sugar Maple trees are by far the most popular trees that people tap for sap. So I will use this as my example of how to tap a tree. The following is taken from: Common Sense Homesteading. Identify ...
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What types of wild foods are protected from foraging in the Swedish Lapland forests, and how is the status decided?

Protected species in sweden are listed in English here: Protected Species in Sweden. Since information is subject to change I will not copy the information into this answer. Apart from that, hunting ...
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Can I eat mice? If so, how to cook them?

Eating mice is no different to any other mammal - skin it, gut it, cook it. I've never eaten one, but I suspect that the flavour would vary a bit depending on what they had been eating and the sex of ...
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How do you tap a tree for sap?

There are a few ways to tap a tree, before you tap you need to know when the sap is rising from the roots to the branches. I have read about use a knife to make a shallow cut under the bark, then ...
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How to clean picked berries?

I usually combine the two answers above- pick into a container, when done transfer the berries one by one to a strainer. Get rid of anything suspicious. Wash thoroughly with cold water, if needed let ...
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What are good locations to find wild strawberries?

I enjoy going out every year and picking wild fruits out here in Beautiful British Columbia. Many times a year, I will go out picking berries, early in the morning with a friend if possible. My ...
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Collecting plant foodstuff in the Canadian wilderness of Alberta during winter?

This is really a comment, or several of them, but too big to use the comments mechanism. Alberta is a big place with quite varied climates. In particular, you can divide the province into the Rocky ...
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What are good locations to find wild strawberries?

Since geographical area was not mentioned, Smultron are very common in Sweden. I am not sure about the botanical definition of wild strawberries, but usually Smultron is translated as wild ...
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What are good locations to find wild strawberries?

I have picked wild strawberries in Colorado often while I am out hunting. My go-to place for wild strawberries is on old logging roads that have been overgrown. It takes some clear area with shade, ...
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Are there any inedible seaweeds on the UK coastline?

Here in the UK, there are several varieties of seaweeds that are tasty and are readily available for foraging, each with its unique flavour and texture. While they are strictly no poisonous/unsafe ...
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How to clean picked berries?

The type of berry may matter. I am often picking very ripe blackberries, so you can't do much like shaking or tumbling without damaging the berries. What I do pick for speed, letting whatever get ...
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Is there a backpacker's guide to edible plants that is very light?

There are multiple guides to edible foods, it looks like you would be most interested in would cover all of North America and if you are wanting to go light, there are pocket guides. I found quite a ...
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What UK mushrooms will kill you?

I am quite certain that there are more deadly mushrooms than just the one you mentioned - if only for the other members of the Amanita Genus, many of which are very poisonous and some plain kill you. ...
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Is there a backpacker's guide to edible plants that is very light?

Short answer, yes. There are thin or even pamphlet sized guides to wild edibles. I doubt you would find any practical use with those. They simply don't have anything but the most well known plants ...
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What are good locations to find wild strawberries?

In the bellies of critters... Seriously, anything living in the area is going to know where the wild strawberries grow and will have made a habit of eating them when they get ripe. They grow close ...
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How to clean picked berries?

The first thing is to pick them carefully in the first place, discarding any stems and most bugs. The more exposed berries are easier to pick cleanly, as of course are the largest ones. Then with ...
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Is wild garlic edible? How do you prepare it?

They are popular in Denmark as well. My favorite use is pickling the non-flowered flower buds - for this, one has to pick the flower buds right before they open - then pickle them, like you would a ...
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Whats the most efficient food one could forage in the Taiga in a survival situation?

Speaking about taiga implies average climate. If things happen neither in middle or eastern Russia nor northern or western USA or Canada, then these territories are quite dense populated and any ...
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Is there a backpacker's guide to edible plants that is very light?

There are ebook applications for all smart phones. Adding a memory card to most phones is inexpensive and weighs less than the dust on your clothes. There is plethora of ebooks on edible plants. A ...
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Foraging food in Kungsleden/Kebnekaise/Sarek (SWE) region in summer

Here is some food for thought: Autumn is the time to come and enjoy the fruits of nature’s labour. During August and September, the forests burst to life with berries, edible wild mushrooms (...
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Foraging food in Kungsleden/Kebnekaise/Sarek (SWE) region in summer

Not nearly enough - don't rely on it. You might find blueberries in the parts of the trail that is below approx. 200m above sea level and certainly you will come upon patches of ripe cloudberries as ...
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How to clean picked berries?

I've cleaned blueberries on a windy day by gently pouring from one container to another, letting the wind "winnow" the debris. The berries must be dry, i.e. not washed, undamaged/squished. It works ...
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What are good locations to find wild strawberries?

Disclaimer: I have no expertise in botany; what follows is just my own anecdotal evidence. But I usually manage pretty well to find them. They seem to be most common in half-shaded areas - not in ...
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Processing the fruit of chequers/wild service tree

I would think that you can adapt any method that is used for medlar or common medlar (mespilus germanica). So freezer should work. How do I know when they are dried/ripened enough ready for eating? ...
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Tree tapping in the UK - Time and legalities

Reading online, I have found that there is no hard and set rule for knowing when to tap, but in the second half of March you should check trees on a regular basis (every day or so) by doing the ...
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What should I bring home foraged mushrooms in?

I propose an onion bag or any other sack with a loose mesh fabric. Along with allowing air to circulate around the mushroom, it allows any spores the mushroom may release to return to the wild. By ...
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Is wild garlic edible? How do you prepare it?

Use it to make vegetable lasagna. I'm right now combining the leaves and flowers (from my garden) with sorrel (also from my garden), and spinach, with seasoned ricotta and extra garlic. Wilt and chop ...
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How can I identify edible berries/fruit from poisonous?

Do NOT try this at home. But if your life depends on it and you can't find anything you know is edible, you can follow these instructions. Again, you may die by doing this but if the odds are you'll ...
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