Saturday, August 30, 2014

Roselle - wild edible plant

This is the common Roselle or Red Sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa) plant. Like all hibiscus, the flower is edible, though I prefer to eat it in the bud stage (red bud insert). It's refreshingly sour. The leaves are also sour and very edible. The young leaves, like most plants, are the most tasty.

Folk remedies claim this plant to be used as an aphrodisiac, antiseptic, astringent, digestive aid, cancer, cough, diuretic, sedative properties, and a general tonic.

Thailand edible jungle plants

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New kayaks for our Khao Sok fleet

We've added two FeelFree X-Press kayaks, with rudders, to our Khao Sok National Park fleet. These kayaks are very stable, making them perfect for watching wildlife. The Rudders mean you can glide up without having to use the paddle to keep straight.

If they paddle as good as they look, we'll buy a few more to replace some of our aging kayaks.

Kayaks for Khao Sok National Park

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Trail Blazing Tool

More efficient and certainly more energy efficient than wielding a big knife or machete, a good pair of pruning sheers are invaluable in the type of jungle we have here. Vines, tendrils, Salacca Palms, brush, and small branches are easily cleared with these.  Plus, there is very little chance of hurting yourself like you can with a blade.

When traveling through the jungle, as a backup plan, we put leaves upside down on the trail to mark it. The GPS is good for the general lay of the route, but the finer details are best laid out by clippings.

On the ridge route that we've been working on, the trail is very well defined at times, then just seems to vanish... leaving us to trail-blaze to find it again.

Jungle trail tools

Friday, August 8, 2014

Phuket - Phang Nga Hiking Trip

I uploaded a lot more pics of our hiking/survival routes in Phang Nga Province at

Phuket Phang Nga hiking trip

Wild Edible Ginger Fruit

A seldom-seen fruit on a very common ginger species. I took a small bite. It had a really sharp ginger taste. I assume it is edible, but haven't been able to find it in my many books or online.

Thailand wild edible ginger fruit

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rafflesia Kerrii in Phang Nga Province

The ultimate sighting in the plant kingdom here... a rare Rafflesia kerrii. The largest species of Rafflesia, the Rafflesia Arnoldi is not present in Thailand.

We walked along a mountain ridge for five hours before seeing this. It was raining and the leeches were out in force. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I've seen this flower in bulb form many times. It's rare to see it in bloom.

It is only in bloom for two or three days before it starts to decay.

Thailand Rafflesia image

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Edible salacca palm frond core

Salacca Palm (Lagam in Thai) - it has a cluster of sour and a bit sweet fruit, but the core of the frond is also edible. It's soft and quite sweet.

Salacca Palm - wild edible plant

I can't find any information on the amount of calories available from the core of this plant, but it should be somewhere around 1 calorie per gram. As it's readily available, in a survival situation this is a useful plant to know. The psychological advantage of having a lot of this in your stomach is worth the effort.

wild edible plants of Thailand