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Universal Edibility Test

Discussion in 'Foraging' started by Sentry18, Jan 8, 2020.

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  1. Jan 8, 2020 #1

    Sentry18

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    I need someone to peruse this and tell me if it has credibility. This is not my area of expertise.


    https://prepperswill.com/the-universal-edibility-test/

     
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  2. Jan 8, 2020 #2

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    My wife uses the "taste this" method. If I live it's OK.:p
     
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    Before you eat but after you taste put a small piece of the plant between your lip and gums. It is not good if it burns, numbs, or is bitter. Spit it out and rinse your mouth out with water.
     
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    Ask your wife if I can borrow ya for a bit. I have some plants out back I'm not quite sure of.
     
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  5. Jan 10, 2020 #5

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    Touching a plant to your lips to see if you may have a reaction...that makes me nervous. Touch it on your skin next to your mouth might be safer since you could have a reaction that would include breathing problems. I would wait a good 20-30 minutes personally. I'm not a nurse or anything but unless I can really safely identify a plant or consider other factors, no bueno.
    Also, I would draw what the parts of any plants looked like before discarding them, if able.

    You can't assume the plant still has flowers or has formed seeds yet.
    Berries are tricky.
    @Peanut can you remember the key for berry colors and safe to eat? It seemed to me any white berry isn't safe, but that's all I can remember.
     
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    I don't have time today to research this "test". After a quick read I say this test is a recipe for disaster. Off hand I can think of 2 local plants with cute berries that would kill you within 4 hours after a taste. Color has nothing to do with a berry being safe to eat.
     
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    Isn't there a protocol for this? It seems to me I read something once about an almost fool proof method for determining the safety of a plant, but it had multiple steps and took several days. Therefore, it was not useful in an emergency situation...
     
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