Edible Fruits, Nuts, Roots, and Plants

While wild foods gathered on the trail give a delightful variety to camp

fare, be advised and do not gather, still less eat, them unless you are

absolutely sure you know what they are and that they are not poisonous.

You must be able to identify a thing with certainty before tasting in

order to enjoy it in safety. It is well worth while to make a study of

the wild-growing foods, but in the meantime this chapter will help you

to know some of them. _The italicized names are of the things I know to

be edible from personal experience._ You are probably well acquainted

with the common wild fruits such as the raspberry, strawberry,

blackberry, blueberry, and huckleberry, but there are varieties of these

and all will bear description.