posted on May, 21 2009 @ 06:41 PM
Heh... like the above post, I have to agree. Have been looking at the site off and on, incredible information and ideas... but very few threads I felt
I could contribute to. Well, this one I can!
I live in über dry interior region of BC (Canada). Here we have extremes in temps: -20C in winter, about 40C in summer). For only three weeks here,
the hills are green. After that, everything dies off and turns a golden brown. Finding OBVIOUS food (for the average, not-that-informed person), both
in the wilderness as well as in urban areas this is difficult.... to say the least.
Weedies are common, especially:
lambs quarters in disturbed areas, aka open dirt or between paving stones...
Dandelions are in most everyone's lawns (except those with pesticide signs on them...)
Purslane, I think grows here (didn't know what that weed was until today!)
In the wild, you can find burdock (in REALLY wet, but not boggy, areas)
Where there is bodies of water or relatively still rivers, are water mint.
On the high plateaus that are SOOOO dry, prickley pear cactus are everwhere!! look on the western or southern exposed slopes.... Cut off the
spines and you have a nice... vaguely apple-tasting syrupy treat.
In the fall the saskatoon bushes ripen... kinda like blueberries but way more meal-ly.
In certain stream locations wild raspberries can be found. They are good!
So to can be found in most areas are wild roses- the rose hips are edible and high in Vit C
Also in the spring grow flax plants (seeds edible), balsam root (roots edible), and wild onions or garlic (both tops and bulbs
edible... I think). There are also some kinds of lillies that can be eaten, but I am not 100% sure of which kind. Anyhow, they grow wildly in
the spring and then keel over in the summer heat... but generally speaking are easily found.