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Euell Gibbons: Author of Stalking the Wild Asparagus (Wrote Books of Great Interest to Survivalists)
Mother Earth News ^ | May/June 1972 | Hal Smith

Posted on 11/21/2012 3:16:45 PM PST by PJ-Comix

Euell Gibbons has probably turned more people on to nature—certainly to wild foods — than any other living writer. His first book about foraged fare, Stalking the Wild Asparagus, was (and continues to be) such a best seller that Gibbons has followed its success with five more popular titles. Three — Stalking the Healthful Herbs, Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop and Beachcomber's Handbook — are wild foods manuals, a fourth— Feast on a Diabetic Diet— tells how to do just that and the fifth— Stalking the Good Life —is an expansion of his Organic Gardening magazine column, "The Organic Nature Lover".

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: euellgibbons; survivalism
Euell Gibbons passed away almost 40 years ago but his books are more important than ever to people interested in Survivalism and how to live off the land. Years ago I read his "Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop" and was amazed at the bounty of food easily available for foraging at the sea and shore. An example was his suggestion, which I followed, for opening up sea urchins that litter the ocean floor and eat their eggs. If you can get over the "ick" factor they really taste great and are a great source for protein in an emergency. He also had information on how to make wine from coconuts and a lot of other great advice. I really felt like I could live off foraged foods from the sea and shore based on this book. It is a definite MUST-READ for anybody interested in survivalism.

Oh, and contrary to myth, Gibbons did NOT die from an upset stomach. He passed away from a completely different disease which had nothing to do with his foraging diet.

I think you will be interested in reading this extended interview with Gibbons which originally appeared in Plowboy.

1 posted on 11/21/2012 3:16:51 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Euell was a great guy, he always tipped well when I delivered his favorite double meatlover’s pizza.


2 posted on 11/21/2012 3:18:44 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Tha's jes wrong, TJ

/8^)

Happy Thanksgiving

3 posted on 11/21/2012 3:20:46 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Well, he was a punchline for a lot of Johnny Carson jokes but he wrote amazing books. Great stuff for anyone interested in Survivalism.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 3:21:06 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

ever eat a pine tree?


5 posted on 11/21/2012 3:22:44 PM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: knarf

Back at cha’!


6 posted on 11/21/2012 3:24:11 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PJ-Comix

True, but I couldn’t resist. Happy T-day PJ.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 3:25:24 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: camle

Tastes like wild hickory nuts!


8 posted on 11/21/2012 3:26:03 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: PJ-Comix
My favorite food writer is Escoffier.

Gibbons... Yeah, one can get by with his information, but how do you pair wines with cattail hearts and pine nuts?

/johnny

9 posted on 11/21/2012 3:27:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: PJ-Comix

Yep those Carson bits were hilarious.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 3:32:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: PJ-Comix

I understand that Euell Gibbons was unable to produce children.

They said it was due to his “wild hickory nuts.”

LoL!


11 posted on 11/21/2012 3:34:40 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: camle
"ever eat a pine tree?"

Many parts are edible.

12 posted on 11/21/2012 3:34:51 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: PJ-Comix

“Some parts of the pine tree ARE edible!”
(Grape Nuts commercial circa 1970’s)


13 posted on 11/21/2012 3:35:08 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Barky's evil deeds: terrorism is alive, but The Twinkie is dead. 1448 days until Nov.8,2016)
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To: PJ-Comix

You don’t think it odd he died of stomach cancer?


14 posted on 11/21/2012 3:39:07 PM PST by jps098
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To: camle
Euell Gibbons quote from the interview:

When I was a boy we used to eat ponderosa pine for pleasure . . . called it "slivers". In the spring the bark is really gorged with starches and sugars and tastes quite sweet. It's also high in vitamins.

15 posted on 11/21/2012 3:40:29 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: jps098
You don’t think it odd he died of stomach cancer?

That was a myth. Gibbons died from Marfan's disease which affects big boned people.

16 posted on 11/21/2012 3:41:45 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix
You don’t think it odd he died of stomach cancer?

That was a myth. Gibbons died from Marfan's disease which affects big boned people.

I thought he died of natural causes.

17 posted on 11/21/2012 3:44:57 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: PJ-Comix

bump


18 posted on 11/21/2012 3:46:56 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (There is no tagline. You must seek your answers elsewhere.)
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To: camle

Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 3:48:01 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: GreenHornet
I thought he died of natural causes.

Marfan syndrome was the cause of Gibbons' death. Nothing to do with stomach problems or anything he ate.

20 posted on 11/21/2012 3:51:29 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

You know I love that organic cooking
I always ask for more
And they call me Mr Natural
On down to the health food store
I only eat good sea salt
White sugar don’t touch my lips
And my friends is always begging me
To take them on macrobiotic trips
Yes, they are

Oh, but at night I stake out my strong box
That I keep under lock and key
And I take it off to my closet
Where nobody else can see
I open that door so slowly
Take a peek up north and south
Then I pull out a Hostess Twinkie
And I pop it in my mouth

Yeah, in the daytime I’m Mr Natural
Just as healthy as I can be
But at night I’m a junk food junkie
Good lord have pity on me

Well, at lunchtime you can always find me
At the Whole Earth Vitamin Bar
Just sucking on my plain white yogurt
From my hand thrown pottery jar
And sippin’ a little hand pressed cider
With a carrot stick for dessert
And wiping my face in a natural way
On the sleeve of my peasant shirt
Oh, yeah

Ah, but when that clock strikes midnight
And I’m all by myself
I work that combination on my secret hideaway shelf
And I pull out some Fritos corn chips
Dr Pepper and an ole Moon Pie
Then I sit back in glorious expectation
Of a genuine junk food high

Oh yeah, in the daytime I’m Mr Natural
Just as healthy as I can be
Oh, but at night I’m a junk food junkie
Good lord have pity on me

My friends down at the commune
They think I’m pretty neat
Oh, I don’t know nothing about arts and crafts
But I give ‘em all something to eat
I’m a friend to old Euell Gibbons
And I only eat home grown spice
I got a John Keats autographed Grecian urn
Filled up with my brown rice
Yes, I do

Oh, folks but lately I hae been spotted
With a Big Mac on my breath
Stumbling into a Colonel Sanders
With a face as white as death
I’m afraid someday they’ll find me
Just stretched out on my bed
With a handful of Pringles potato chips
And a Ding Dong by my head

In the daytime I’m Mr Natural
Just as healthy as I can be
But at night I’m a junk food junkie
Good lord have pity on me


21 posted on 11/21/2012 5:32:36 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter")
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To: PJ-Comix

“Reminds me of wild hickory nuts...”


22 posted on 11/21/2012 6:05:34 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

“scuse me, cute poetry, but a flat lie. Got integrity? Seen it at a distance lately?


23 posted on 11/21/2012 6:12:45 PM PST by Bethaneidh (another literalist.)
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To: bgill

I planted a small patch of asparagus and it takes about 5 years to get a good eating asparagus. One year I decide to mulch it because of the weeds. Don’t ever do that, it killed all the plants, but one of my neighbors on the farm used to ride the back roads when it went to seed and would dig it up...When they go to seed, they are about 3-4 foot tall and are easily spotted along the sides of the road and you dig up a mature plant....If you have ever seen the house plant asparagus fern it looks just like that with some red berries on it....only a lot bigger...and tasty..It will keep bearing fruit as long as you cut it off at the base....it goes to seed if not cut.


24 posted on 11/21/2012 10:21:41 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Good to know about the mulch. I have a small patch in the garden. Not big enough to do much with yet but next year for sure. Usually, I pick a piece and munch on it when I’m out there.


25 posted on 11/22/2012 4:58:21 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Bethaneidh

*cough* Those are the lyrics from “Junk Food Junkie”, a cute little song from the 1970’s, obviously performed for laughs.


26 posted on 11/22/2012 6:56:22 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: bgill

In my back yard I have a patch of wild asparague. I do the same thing when cutting the grass. That silly patch sits in the middle of that part of my yard. Was there when I moved in. You’ll find (in case you didn’t know) the hotter the weather the faster it grows. The farm had an old, large patch of it. I use to like to cut it at about 6-8 inches. Some days I’d cut in the morning and take to work for an asparagus lover and if it was a hot summer day, I could cut again in the evening. Weather cools, its growth slows down a bit. The farm was 100 years old so I don’t know how old the plants were.


27 posted on 11/22/2012 10:35:30 AM PST by goat granny
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To: PJ-Comix

From Wikipedia:

Pine nuts produced in Europe mostly come from the Stone Pine (Pinus pinea), which has been cultivated for its nuts for over 6,000 years, and harvested from wild trees for far longer. The Swiss Pine (Pinus cembra) is also used to a very small extent.

In North America, the main species are three of the pinyon pines, Colorado Pinyon (Pinus edulis), Single-leaf Pinyon (Pinus monophylla), and Mexican Pinyon (Pinus cembroides). The other eight pinyon species are used to a small extent, as are Gray Pine (Pinus sabineana), Coulter Pine (Pinus coulteri), Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana), Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana) and Parry Pinyon (Pinus quadrifolia).

In the United States, pine nuts are mainly harvested by Native Americans, particularly the Uto-Aztecan: Shoshone, Paiute and Hopi, and Washoe tribes.[4] Certain treaties negotiated by tribes and laws in Nevada guarantee Native Americans’ right to harvest pine nuts.[5]


28 posted on 11/27/2012 11:04:08 AM PST by GOPJ (The economy is so bad MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen - Leno)
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