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Q&A UK Puffball Identification

My wife and I are new to foraging. We recently found a large number of what we believe to be puffballs in a field. They look like this: From the information on the Wild Food UK site it sounds...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JohnLBevan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are these small blue berries growing in clusters on a medium size bush in Southern Ontario, Canada?

These blue berries are growing in clusters on a medium size bush in Southern Ontario, Canada. What are they, and are they edible? Here are some details: The leafs are leathery and slippery. Th...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Jonathon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Mimosa Pudica (touch-me-not) medicinal uses and edibility

I started reading about an interesting plant that is common around here called Mimosa Pudica, known as "touch-me-not" because of its leaves that close upon touching. It seems to be a plant with va...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by IanC‭

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Q&A Eating ash in Soviet Union

My Polish grandfather in early 1950's was sent by communist regime to a gulag. People were starving there and malnourishment was common, so they came up with idea of burning some kind of trees and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by user46147‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is wild garlic edible? How do you prepare it?

Driving into work this am, the woods were full of wild garlic, you could actually smell it in the car. I've always presumed that it is edible but I'm not 100% sure. Can you eat wild garlic? W...

8 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this fungus on a birch tree Chaga?

Once again found a fungi growing on birch and I'm not entirely sure what it is. It looks quite like the chaga fungi but I'm really not too sure! I have seen chaga in some videos before and it seeme...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by eternalNoob‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this plant? Is it Poison Oak?

Yesterday, I was hiking on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge to help a friend locate an inherited parcel of land. We think we found it, based on a variety of documents and a few handy...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Zach L‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you eat pine needles in an emergency?

If you are in a survival situation in the woods and really hungry, and you are unsure about which plants are edible, can you eat pine needles?

5 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Plant identification methods

Can anyone explain the basic process of identifying plants. To assist I also am posting an unidentified plant photo. Can anyone identify it and explain the method and resources used? Thanks. Loc...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by PV22‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are these yellow orange hawthorns edible?

I have lots of these hawthorns in my neighborhood (Mount Lebanon) but I am afraid to eat from them. Are they safe ?

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by alim1990‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I get fresh water from ocean plants?

In the answer to Can I get fresh water from ocean fish flesh? I learned that the water I can get from eating fish has a low enough salt content that it will hydrate me, BUT the high protein count w...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible get a rash from poison ivy but not poison oak?

Both poison ivy and poison oak can cause a red rash on the skin due to an allergic reaction to the chemical urushiol in their oily sap. I've heard people say that they are allergic to either one o...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should I treat poison ivy?

If I'm struck by poison ivy, what should I do? Is there a way to suppress the itch?

9 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Jasper‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?

Poison oak season has begun around here, with fields full of the nasty stuff growing everywhere. I tend to dress conservatively in areas I know have poison oak, to avoid getting exposed in the firs...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by nhinkle‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What plants can be heard when they are growing?

Growing up in the Midwest, USA I have heard of being able to hear corn grow on a quiet night. I believe I may have actually experienced this at one time while waiting for some co-workers in the mi...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any reliable plants to use for navigation?

I've always heard that moss grows on the north side of a tree. Presumably, this is because conditions on the north side, at least in the northern hemisphere, tend to get less sunlight and are damp...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?

Is it safe for someone who doesn't react to poison ivy to eat the berries? I am not going to try it without authority from someone who knows. Is it like smoke from burning vines, that can affect ev...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this plant in England with large veined leaves and multi-part buds?

I was wondering if anyone could help me identify what this plant is? We have found it growing in our garden in England a few times and are unsure what it could be.

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by John Craven‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel truly toxic to burn in a campfire?

For a very long time now, I've believed and taught that burning Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel in a campfire will make you sick because of the toxins in these plants becoming airborne then inhaled...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by manoftheson‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a good source of vitamin C in the wild?

I know I could just carry a bottle, but scavenging is much more fun. What is a good source of vitamin C in the wild? Have spruce needles really got enough?

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What animal might uproot and relocate a newly-transplanted sedum?

My husband transplanted a sedum to an area under our bird feeders about ten feet away. The plant is 6 inches wide, 14 inches long, and the hole was approximately 10 inches deep. After removing it, ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the most common stinging plants to be aware of in North America?

What are the most common plants that can cause rashes when touched in North America? What are the most important ones to be aware of and avoid? Before coming to the US I was only familiar with th...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Umi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How rare is resistance to poison ivy, and does resistance increase?

How rare is it to be resistant to poison ivy, or become resistant. I ask only because when younger I was very allergic, but now I can pull it out with bare hands or roll around in it without even a...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dirty‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What can I do to prevent getting poison ivy?

I have a very bad reaction to poison ivy. I take extraordinary measures to avoid any and all contact with it. I wear long socks and full pants in the middle of summer but I still end up getting i...

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Deac Karns‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should you wash clothes after exposure to poison oak/ivy/sumac?

I have heard that the oils from poison oak, poison ivy, or poison sumac can remain on clothes even through a wash cycle. After hiking through an area with poison ivy (or poison oak/poison sumac), h...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Small mushroom in Massachusetts Identification?

When researching for my field journal, I found this mushroom but I can't identify it. I was in Northeastern MA.

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by user8536‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can anyone help with identifying this tree?

The tree kind of resembles an ash but has green buds, there are pinnate leaflets with rounded tips close up of leaflets edit This tree is located in Cambidgeshire in the United Kingdom

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Chris J‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of tree produces these seed pods looking like spiky balls?

I recently moved to southern Virginia near the coast (about 15 miles in from it). All over the ground are these spiky balls that I assume contain seeds to the tree they fall off of. There are lit...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are these strange seeds that looks like a mini porcupine which you can find all over Germany?

These were in abundance throughout Germany and looks kinda strange.

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ishan‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are these mushrooms found in Fukuoka, Japan?

The mushrooms were picked in a public park in Fukuoka, Japan. Can someone help to identify them please?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Nutkin‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are these clusters of tiny dark blue berries found in the Southern Canadian Rockies?

I was hiking in the Southern Canadian Rockies yesterday and was paying special attention to all the plants I'm not familiar with, one was these bushes with these clusters of tiny blue berries. The ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this plant with fluffy white flowers in the Canadian Rockies?

I was hiking in the Ptolemy Plateau in the Canadian Rockies yesterday. There were all these plants that looked like something right out of a Dr. Seuss book. What are they?

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Municipal invasive species committee experiences?

Our town (Groton Massachusetts) formed a town committee a few months ago to concentrate on invasive species issues. Since we are new, we are trying to find our way and decide what exactly we shoul...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why does hop always grow clockwise?

Hop climbs up other plants or objects. It clasps its target always clockwise. What is the reason for this? Wouldn't it be more efficient to select the direction case by case?

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why does hop always grow clockwise?

Hop climbs up other plants or objects. It clasps its target always clockwise. What is the reason for this? Wouldn't it be more efficient to select the direction case by case?

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do sugar maple trees ever flower in the fall in Ohio?

I know that most maple trees flower in the spring and produce seeds in the fall. However, it seems to be the reverse for the maples near me. I see seeds fall off in the spring which makes me think ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Caters‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I safely eat grass?

A recent comment Cows eat grass, doesn't mean you can! got me thinking. Corn, wheat, rice, etc are all grass that we eat regularly. I am not sure the human race could survive on the planet...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any specific guidelines for edible plants in North America?

I know there are dangerous plants and fruits to eat, but are there any basic rules one can use when in an emergency situation that apply to all safe foods? The 'rules' don't necessarily have to app...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Justin Self‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I eat raw acorns?

I know that they are full of starch and fat. I also know that deer and boars eat them. Is it safe for a human to eat them?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user46147‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you tell if a plant is edible by watching what animals eat it?

If I see a deer munching on a particular plant, is that enough to indicate that it's safe to eat? How about other animals?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it a good Idea to drink grape sap if you have no clean water?

In spring, the grape vines are so full of watery sap that a cut from my pocket knife causes it to trickle out fairly fast, and it can be collected in a container. Someone told me that it is a good ...

6 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I identify edible berries/fruit from poisonous?

How can I identify edible berries/fruit in the wide and avoid the poisonous varieties? Is there a general guideline that can be followed or is specific to each plant?

9 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by studiohack‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you eat nettles?

In my other question Can you eat dock leaves? How can they be prepared? @ThatIdiot says: ... the stinging nettles are one of the best forage foods out there. So how do you prepare these? W...

9 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there plants (for instance berries) which lead to dehydration if eaten?

Believe me or not but I'm currently playing a video game :) It's called "Ark: Survival Evolved". You've to survive in the wilderness and for example pick up berries to do so. There is a specific sp...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there plants (for instance berries) which lead to dehydration if eaten?

Believe me or not but I'm currently playing a video game :) It's called "Ark: Survival Evolved". You've to survive in the wilderness and for example pick up berries to do so. There is a specific sp...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Back country solution to itchy insect bites

On a recent walk I got bitten to death by midgies. I was itching all day until I got home and put some antihistamine cream on them. Is there anything available (plants, etc.) that I could of applie...

6 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are safe/effective leaves from around the world for use in tidying up your backside after answering the call of nature?

This partially answered in this question about toilet paper alternatives but it only says be careful what plants you use. I'd like to know specifically what plants are the best in your part of th...

6 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by That Idiot‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you eat dock leaves? How can they be prepared?

Are dock leaves/rumex edible? They're on of the most common plants we see in the UK (that and stinging nettles) and I find myself wondering how if I could eat them. I've been told before that you s...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do "Dock leaves" work to reduce itching from stinging nettles?

Dock leaves are the wild cure to stinging nettles, right? Everyone knows this. But how do they stop the stinging? What's the mechanism?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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