That’s right. Not everything you read in a blog—or a book—is true, a bit of mind-blowing advice that my dear friend Mark imparted to me back in college one day. I repeat it now to warn Wild Food Girl readers to:
- Use common sense when it comes to wild edibles.
- Identify plants correctly before trying them.
- Cross reference accounts of a plant’s edibility among several guides.
- Eat only a small amount at first.
- Eat greater quantities only when you are 100% certain of the plant’s edibility.
I have to admit I was less uninformed than I am now (still wanting of information) when I started blogging about wild edible plants at etmarciniec last year. I wrote about plants I found and ate in the wild and the books upon which I based my plant identifications and preparation methods, but at that point I wasn’t aware of any controversy over the quality of existent wild food guides. Then I read a section in Sam Thayer’s The Forager’s Harvest where he calls out some prominent wild food writers for advising people to eat toxic plants. Yikes. Read the rest of this entry