Picking and catching your own food

There is something special about eating self-caught and self-picked food. Somehow, I feel that it tastes better, and my wallet simply loves it. Harvesting food from nature can be a quite fun and social hobby, and in this post,  I will give you an overview of the different types of activities and where to find more information.

Mushrooms 

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Looking for mushrooms is like going for a treasure hunt, trying to find the best mushrooms. However, be careful! There are also some that are very poisonous and can be lethal. Do not eat them if you are not sure. Use a knife and do not

rip them up with the root. Then they can grow back again. A good tip is to separate the ones you are unsure of and the poisonous ones, so the edible ones do not get contaminated.

There is an organisation called NSNF that hold events and courses to teach you how to find and recognise mushrooms. Often the events are free, and they often have stands where they will check if your mushrooms are safe to eat. Take a look at their website to find the next event. They also have a digital app and webpage where you can consult an expert within their online opening hours.

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Be careful with this mushroom! The bright colours make it appealing, but it is deadly!

Berries

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My favourite berry – the blueberry

In the late summer and autumn, you can find a lot of berries. Some of the most common berries are:

  • Lingonberry
  • Wild Raspberry
  • Wild blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Cloudberry
  • “Krekling”
  • “Einerbær”
  • “Mikkelsbær”/”Blokkebær”

Fishing 

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I enjoy fishing pike, as it gives a good fight. My favourite way to prepare it is to make a fish curry.

I love the excitement of fishing. Even as a beginner with the basic gear you can get a quite nice catch.

Freshwater fishing

In some lakes, it may be required to buy a fishing card/license. This is to support the volunteers that work to have a healthy fish population.  The cards are bought cheaply at inatur. The most common fishes are trout, pike and perch.

Ocean fishing

In the ocean, the rules are a little bit different for Norwegians and tourists take a look at the fishing directory to get to know the regulations for fishing. You can get a broad variety of fishes, and most all of them are edible.

 

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Watch out for the weever (fjesing), their top fin is poisonous. If stung, contact a doctor.

 

Hunting

Hunting is an incredible way to discover Norwegian nature and wildlife. To hunt in Norway, you need a hunting licence and to be registered as a hunter in Norway visit this site for more information about registering and laws in Norway. As with the fishing card, you can buy hunting rights at inatur.

Other

There are a lot of edible plants a quick google search on “spiselige planter Norge” (edible plants Norway) will give you lots of suggestions on what to pick.

From the ocean, you can pick seaweed, google “spiselig tang og tare” to get a list.

You can also pick clams from the ocean but be careful! When there is a lot of algae in the sea, some of them can be poisonous. Take a look at the clam forecast to know when you can pick in each area. It is also available as an app.

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