Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Sage advice herein and don’t forget to check with your local Native Plant Society to find a experienced edible wild plant forager to help you itemize your plants.

Everytime you or anyone is looking at a plant that might be edible, you need to “itemize” it, put it through four major steps (even the experienced should do it.) I use the word I.T.E.M. to remember what needs to be check out. It’s handy reference and is used in profiling most of the plants on this site.

So, let’s look at the word I.T.E.M.

First, it means (I)dentify the plant beyond doubt. Next, make sure it is growing or fruiting or otherwise available at the right (T)ime of year. Third is checking out the (E)nvironment. This involves two things. One is making sure it is growing in the right place. The other is making sure the plant is getting clean water and is not in polluted soil. And then, what is the proper (M)ethod of preparation. I’m sure you can do that. I.T.E.M. You can rearrange the letters to spell T.I.M.E. if you like as long as you always remember to apply the four steps.



Always consult an experienced wild edible plant forager before eating any wild plants. Don’t just rely on pictures and descriptions from books or blogs.

You can usually find an experienced wild edible plant forager by asking your local Native Plant Society on line or in the phone book. There are chapters in most major cities. You’ll find them throughout the United States and Canada. Plant people are always happy to share knowledge and its usually free.

This blog is your source for information and links. Here’s a link now:

wild edible plant salad

This basket holds just a few of the tasty edibles we found: wild asparagus, wild onions, balsamroot and lomatium.

–Filip‘s Wilderness Survival Skills Blog

The first few posts will be general information. This blog will get into the nitty gritty of foraging for the wild edible plants, identification, preparation, and uses. I want to give you time to allow your mindset to clear and also you really should contact your local Native Plant Society and find yourself a local experienced wild edible plant forager. This blog will be merely a companion guide and a resource for cloudy days while hopefully a motivator, an idea generator along with a great inspiration as well.

The wild life is a good life,

wild man sovereignjohn