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Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

What Do You Mean by Stone Soup?

What Do You Mean by Stone Soup?

Starving people can be pretty creative at finding food—even eating the crust from rocks. Lichen called rock tripe makes an unusual soup, and another bitter lichen gives Icelanders a nutritious flour.

Lichen is actually two kinds of things growing together—fungi and tiny plants related to the seaweed. By teaming up, they thrive where very few plants can live.

They are edible when properly prepared and have been used as a famine food in extreme cases when other food sources were unavailable, as by early American northern explorers. Actually, rock tripe fed George Washington’s starving troops at Valley Forge.

Content for this question contributed by Shawn Wilson, resident of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA