Groceries are expensive in Alaska because of transportation costs. The further you get from towns, the more expensive they get. But there is all kinds of wild Alaskan food available to supplement your stock of groceries.
If you are planning on fishing, doing wild bird or small game hunting, that will help a lot. Before you do, find out about any needed license or permits.
There are also a number of wild food plants that have been used by the Alaska natives for centuries.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce unless they are being grown in the local area. So adding the wild foods to your menus not only supplements your food supply but also improves its taste and nutritional value.
Fresh Bloom on Wild Alaskan Rose
Wild rose petals, wild chives, wild celery, wild cucumber shoots, fiddlehead ferns, seaweed, and dandelion greens are a few Alaskan plants that will add color, taste and nutrition to your campfire meals.
If you look for mushrooms, just ensure you know the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms. The ones with the orange-red coloring on top with white spots are definitely poisonous. You can find a handy booklet on edible morels in Alaska at this website address: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rn546.pdf
Some wild berries ripen as early as late June or July but most are available in August and September. To name just a few, you’ll find blueberries, raspberries, high and low bush cranberries, serviceberries, juneberries, currants, crowberriesand of course, rose hips. You might also find strawberries that have been planted and gone wild.
You can get booklets from the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service that have pictures, drawings, descriptions and location of many of these wild edible plants.
Camping in Alaska is easier and safer if you know how and where to