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Kauai hiking tour shares the finer points of foraging

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    Lauren Darby rests beside ape, commonly known as elephant ear. Like taro, its underground corm is edible but only safe to eat after lengthy cooking, which breaks down the calcium oxalate crystals, which are the most common constituent of kidney stones in humans. Ape was eaten only in times of famine when other foods were scarce.

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    Jeremiah Felsen, founder and lead guide of Kauai Hiking Tours, makes a temporary shelter of sugi pine needles and branches.

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    Thibault Gehin builds a temporary shelter out of bamboo, sisal leaves, guava trunks and java plum branches.

Kauai Hiking Tours’ Food and Foraging Tour is a fascinating course in survival training. Read more

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