"Backcountry" movie-not bad

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  1. Wapiti

    Wapiti

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    Sep 25, 1999
    Just watched this the other night.

    I thought is was pretty good, and recommend it if you haven't seen it.
    Fairly authentic/accurate, for the most part.

    One scene I didn't get was when the characters eat the leaves of Wintergreen, but not the berries...hmmmm
    But I am not an expert on that plant, so....

    If you have seen it, what did you think?

    (there is even some "big knife" action, for those that are into that sort of thing...and the use of a ferro rod)

    Brome
     
  2. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    I will have to look into that movie.
    As far as Wintergreen leaves, I chew them whenever I'm walking about in the woods. I live in Maine and enjoy the taste, strong but pleasant. I always spit the leaves out when the juice is gone. Have never eaten the berries. Not sure they're 100% safe, really. Might be.
     
  3. Wapiti

    Wapiti

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    Sep 25, 1999
    Ok, thank you for the clarifying info.
    I have not had the chance to try them, but have read about them in a few of my edible plant books, that cover the Eastern US.
    I understand you can make a tea from the leaves, like mint. \
    Sounds nice.

    I look forward to giving them a try someday.

    Brome
     
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  4. DrHenley

    DrHenley

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    May 31, 2019
    From Wikipedia:
     
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  5. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Yes, I have also done a tea with the leaves. Not bad. I did it once when I was hiking. I always have afternoon tea, but this time I'd forgotten the tea bag! The Wintergreen was a great makeshift brew.


    Thanks for the berry info :thumbsup:
    Wikipedia is always correct, right :p
     
  6. DrHenley

    DrHenley

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    May 31, 2019
    I always look at the source of the information. In this case they are citing Euell Gibbons' book Stalking the Healthful Herbs. Some of us old farts will remember Euell "You can eat a pine tree" Gibbons as the ad man for Grape Nuts Cereal many years ago.
     
  7. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Haha, yes, Euell,..
    The only man I have ever known with that name :)
     
  8. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    "stalked by a man eating bear?" Just like most of my backpacking trips.
     
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  9. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Watched this last night on Netflix.
    Sheesh... Left me a little freaked, esp. since it's a true story. That's a hell of a way to go :eek:
    Nice Bowie knife though :thumbsup:
     

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