Wild Food Foraging: Apples, Chufa, Grapes and Wild Rice

James E. Churchill writes about wild foraging for apples, chufa, grapes and wild rice.



Wild grapes
While gathering May apples you might now and then notice a gleam of blue from vines that twine overhead around the branches of trees. Investigate these blue flashes. They will probably turn out to be wild grapes, a food so good that the Vikings named our entire continent Vinland after eating some.
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The May apple in line detail.
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This is the way you'll find May apples in the field.
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Chufa, fresh out of the mud.
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Pickin' wild grapes by the bucketful.
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Chufa in line detail.
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Wild rice "in the swamp".
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Line detail of wild rice.
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Rice grains against a nickle for scale.
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No canoe? Use a flat-bottomed boat!
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Indians use traditional method of harvesting wild rice on a Wisconsin lake. One canoe + two people = a rich bounty.
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