Crumb by David Fletcher


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  1. r2varney

    r2varney said, about 13 hours ago

    Hunger takes precedence over fussy. Something for all cat owners to remember when your cat turns up its nose at your choice food.

  2. What ? Me  Worried ?

    What ? Me Worried ? said, about 12 hours ago


    Also humans , When one is really hungry and there is no other choice ,you will be surprised what you will eat !

  3. Granny Grump

    Granny Grump said, about 12 hours ago

    Poor Baby … he’s starved!

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 6 hours ago

    @What ? Me Worried ?

    People’s judgement goes out the window and they can eat something that is going to harm them badly. Take the common lily family bulbs on the west coast. Many are nutritious, but require cooking. (Zigadenus’ is one to stay way from no matter what.) Some are more nutritious than others, like camas or sego lily. But woe to the person who is not used to eating camas and then gorges on the stuff. The Lewis and Clark expedition did that and ended up being bloated up like gas bags with severe diarrhea. Same with clover. Clover roots are edible and high starch, but they also have a lot of bacteria and if you are not used to them, same result.
    Even eating the local raspberries, huckleberries, currants, salmonberries, blackberries, gooseberries, strawberries, cherries, and other edible berries can make you sick if you eat too many at once.
    Every so often some dummy will eat nightshade without cooking it, or eat baneberry, or in the case of a place in northern california, serve amanita mushrooms.
    I don’t mess with mushrooms in the woods, EVER. Morels are probably safe enough, but every year there’s just too many poisonings. (Unfortunately, a number of varieties that are edible in Europe are toxic in North America.) I forget which one it is, but one mushroom damages the heart every time you eat it, and after several such episodes it kills you. Others wreck your liver. And so I completely avoid mushrooms in the woods.
    Another family that I don’t mess with is Umbelliferae. Many edible members like parsley or cow parsnip (and the incredibly common queen anne’s lace), but a lot of similar looking things that are nasty. In 2012, I let the local medical clinic know that they had a pretty, but nasty grove of western water hemlock growing next to the entrance. They pulled them finally. My worry was a kid grabbing one of them and eating a leaf or two.

    Interestingly enough, many native foods are toxic when uncooked, but edible when roasted or boiled thoroughly. But most such things like that are not exactly flavorful. Survival food only.
    Indians ate the common starchy water lily and while nutritious, it’s about as bitter a food as you can imagine. Blech.
    And then some can fool you. A choke cherry that is unripe is severely puckery. But wait for it to ripen and it’s good tasting.
    All of the common onions and garlics can be eaten, with the main hazard being the breath.

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