wayne fajkus wrote:Ive never found native persimmons. Is there truth to it being bitter until a frost?
wayne fajkus wrote:I'll be collecting prickly pears this week. Was unsure how to process but i found a video that:
Use torch to burn off spikes.
Place all (whole) in a pot.
Cover with water.
Collect the juice.
He then took the juice and made jelly, but im thinking of taking this juice and tweek it with water and/or sugar to get something tasty.
Any thoughts? Better idea?
Tyler Ludens wrote:Pokeweed
wayne fajkus wrote:Mushrooms popped up everywhere. I wish i knew what was what. This weather has been great. Making me look like a permie-genius. Lol. But its the rain.....
Thanks for contributing gail. I worked in temple for a few years. You may know some of my family with same last name.
Earlier this month, an Alabama woman returned home safely after being lost in the woods for a month. Lisa Theris allegedly became disoriented when she ran into the woods at night and could not retrace her steps. In an interview with NBC News, Theris said she survived by eating berries and mushrooms and by drinking dirty water.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I think that's a milkweed pod, not edible. https://npsot.org/wp/story/2012/2235/
Ryan M Miller wrote:I am aware of four cucurbits that grow wild in southeast Texas close to Austin: Cucurbita pepo ssp. texana (Texas wild squash), Cucurbita foetidissima (Buffalo gourd), Cucumis melo var. agrestis (wild muskmelon), and Citrullus lanatus var. citroides (Citron melon/ wild watermelon). The wild squash (Cucurbita spp.) may be bitter and soapy when fully ripe. I have heard that it is possible to leach out the bitter cucurbitacins from the seeds of wild squash by seeping them in an alkaline solution to make them safe to eat, but I have never tried this. The wild melons, however, should be a safer bet when ripe. I have never found any wild melons before though. I have read that citron melon is much firmer than regular watermelon. It is often pickled to make preserves or juiced as a source of water. The seeds of citron melon can also be roasted like pumpkin seeds. Below are some images in descending order of the wild cucurbits from Wikimedia Commons: Cucurbita pepo ssp. texana, Cucurbita foetidissima, Citrullus lanatus var. citroides, and Cucumis melo ssp. agrestis. bonap.org also has the ranges of these four cucurbits listed.