Because is described as a nontoxic species in both the scientific literature and in popular books about edible plants, my conjecture was met with no small amount of derision, especially in Alaska.
On July 30th, Mc Candless wrote in his journal, “” Before this entry, there was nothing in the journal to suggest that he was in dire straits, although his photos show he’d grown alarmingly gaunt.
After subsisting for three months on a marginal diet of squirrels, porcupines, small birds, mushrooms, roots, and berries, he’d run up a huge caloric deficit and was teetering on the brink.
When I visited the bus in July, 1993, wild-potato plants were growing everywhere I looked in the surrounding taiga.
I filled a one-gallon bag with more than a pound of seeds in less than thirty minutes.