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Care: Safe Food List

PostAuthor: HCADirectors » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:12 pm

SAFE FOODS

Questions about an item on this list - or questions about any food item - should be directed to the [Food & Water] section as a new topic. This list will be kept updated as new safe food items are brought to our attention.

The following is an amended list from the Epicurean-Hermit website, with attributions to Julia Crab. You will need to obtain your own permission from EH and the HCA to copy this list to your own site or publication. But direct links to this post are OK.

To SEARCH this list, press Ctrl and F on your keyboard at the same time to bring up the "search this page" bar in your internet browser. Items are arranged alphabetically but some plants have more than one common name. To find topics about a certain food or if you would like more information about something specific but cannot locate it on this list, use the HCA search box in the upper right hand corner to see if there are existing conversations.


Acorns
Agave^
Alfalfa
Almonds
Aloe^
Amaranth
Anchovy oil
Apples and natural unsweetened apple sauce
Apricot
Arame (seaweed)
Artichokes
Ash Wood^
Asian Pear^
Asparagus
Avocado
Bamboo
Banana
Barley 
Basil, whole plant^
Beans
Bee pollen
Beef, unseasoned^
Beets (whole plant)
Bell peppers
Birch Wood^
Bison^
Blackberries, leaves & flowers
Blackstrap molasses (unsulfured) - amazingly high in nutrients such as calcium and potassium; 1-2 times monthly
Bladderwrack
Bloodworms (alive or dead)
Blueberries
Bok Choy
Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)
Broccoli and leaves
Brown rice
Brussels sprouts
Burning Bush (entire plant)^
Buttercup (only when dried)^
Cabbage (all varieties)
Calcium carbonate powder, plain
Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)-Also known as "pot marigolds"
Camellia (Camellia japonica)
Canteloupe
Caribou^
Carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Carrots and carrot tops
Cashiews, unsalted^
Catappa Leaves (do not confuse with Catalpa or Catawpa!)
Catfish^
Cauliflower and leaves
Celery (all parts)
Cereal; Brown rice, soy, wheat or 7 grain, muesli
Chamomile flowers
Chard
Cheese (be sure to get all natural varieties, serve as occasional treat)
Cherimoya
Cherry, fruit and wood^
Chestnuts
Chia^
Chicken, cooked and unseasoned (smash the bone for marrow access)
Chickpea
Chickweed
Cholla wood
Cilantro
Citrus (all fruits)
Claci worms^
Clams
Clover blossoms and leaves
Cochineal^
Coconut meat, oil, water, and shells
Cod liver oil
Cod^
Collards 
Coral, untreated^
Cork bark
Corn (on the cob, too)
Cornmeal
Crabapple^
Cranberries
Crickets
Crustaceans (any and all crustacea including crayfish, lobster, shrimp and other crabs)
Cucumber
Currants
Cuttlefish
Dairy products (milk, cheese, live-culture yogurt) **
Daisies (Bellis perennis)
Dandelion flowers, leaves and roots (Taraxacum officinale)
Dates^
Day lilies (Hemerocallis)
Duck^
Earthworms (collected away from pesticides)^
Edamame (soybean)^
Egg and Eggshells, cooked
Eggplant
Elderberry flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
Elk^
Extra-virgin olive oil
Feces (any animal feces wild or domestic that has a healthy (and preferably whole foods) diet and is not on any medication now or in the near past)^
Feeder cockroaches, dead^
Fennel^
Fig
Filberts^
Fish flakes w/out chemical preservatives
Fish Oil
Fish, all species^
Flax seed oil (small amounts infrequently)
Flax seeds/Linseeds
Flounder^
Frozen fish food (esp. algae, krill and brine shrimp)
Garbanzos 
Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)
Goji berries^
Goliath worms^
Gooseberry
Grape Leaf
Grapefruit^
Grapes
Grapevine (vines and root)
Grasshoppers, dead or dried^
Green Beans
Guava^
Halibut^
Hazel leaves
Hazelnuts^
Hemp^
Hempseed Meal
Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
Hikari products: brine shrimp, krill, crab cuisine, sea plankton (no preservatives)
Hollyhock flowers
Honey (organic, or at least locally produced, for anti-microbials)
Honeybush
Honeydew Melon
Honeysuckle flowers (Japanese Lonicera japonica)
Horn Melon (Kiwano or Jelly Melon)^
Hornworms, feeders only (never wild caught)^
Hot pepper^
Huckleberries/Bilberries
Indian Almond Leaves^
Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
Irish Moss
Japanese Maple, leaves or branches, dried or fresh (Acer palmatum)
Jasmine flowers (Jasmine officinale)
Jicama^
Johnny-Jump-Up flowers--(Viola tricolor)
Kale^
Kamut
Kelp 
Kiwi
Kohlrabi
Krill^
Lavar (seaweed)^
Lentils
Lettuce (organic only. has little nutrition)
Lilac, flowers, branches and leaves (Syringa vulgaris)
Lima Beans
Liver, unseasoned^
Lobster with crushed exoskeleton
Locusts
Lychee fruit (fresh; no kernel)
Macadamia nuts
Madrona wood
Mango
Mangrove (small live trees can be obtained on eBay, use in water basin)
Maple leaves and branches, all species
Maple syrup 
Marion Berries
Mealworms, live, dead or dried^
Milk thistle flowers (Silybum marianum)
Millet^
Mint
Moose^
Mopani Wood^
Most organic baby foods
Mulberry^
Muscadine (grapes)
Mushrooms, all types edible for humans
Mussels
Nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum majus)
Nectarines^
Nettle, stinging (pour boiling water over leaves first)
Oak Leaves and bark
Oats^
Octopus
Okra
Olives and olive oil (extra virgin)
Oranges
Oysters 
Pansy flowers and leaves (Viola X Wittrockiana)
Papaya
Parsley 
Parsnip, root and greens
Passionflowers (Passifloraceae - passion flower family)
Passionfruit
Pasta, no added salt or preservates ^
Peaches
Peanut butter (avoid sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils)
Peanuts and shells
Pears
Peas
Pecan bark
Pecans
Peonies^
Persimmon
Petunia blossoms
Phoenix worms^
Pickling cucumbers (Pickles), raw or dried^
Pimentos, no salt or preservatives^
Pine Cones^
Pineapple
Pistachio nuts
Plankton^
Plantain^
Plum
Pomegranate
Popcorn (unseasoned, unflavored, unbuttered)
Pork, unseasoned (no ham)^
Potato (no green parts, including eyes)
Prickly Pear (fruit and cactus)^
Psyllium & husks
Pumpkin, plus entire plant (flowers, seeds, stems & leaves)
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
Quinoa (New World grain)
Radish, roots and greens^
Raisins (no sulphur dioxide)
Rasberries
Red raspberry leaves (highest bioavailable calcium source + vit. C and trace minerals)
Reindeer^
Rolled Oats
Rooibus (or rooibos)
Roquette (Eruca vesicaria)
Rose (entire plant)
Rowan^
Royal Jelly
Rubarb (stems only - leaves are poisonous!)^
Russian Olive leaves (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
Safflower Oil^
Sage blossoms (Salvia officinalis)
Salmon^
Sand dollars, untreated
Sardines (canned in water, no salt)^
Sardines 
Scallops
Sea biscuits, untreated
Sea fan, untreated
Sea grasses
Sea Horses, untreated^
Sea salt
Sea Sponges 
Sea Urchans, untreated^
Seaweed^
Semolina
Sesame oil (in tiny amounts as appetite stimulant)
Sesame seeds (crushed)
Shrimp and exoskeletons, all types
Silkworms^
Snails (use human food grade only; not wild snails)
Sorghum^
Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
Soy and soy products (human grade; miso, tofu, etc.)
Spelt
Spinach
Spirulina (complete protein and chlorophyll source; highest in beta carotene)
Sprouts (flax, wheat, bean, alfalfa, etc.)
Squash (and squash blossom)
Squid
Star fruit (carambola)
Starfish, untreated^
Strawberry and tops
Sugar cane
Sunflower Seeds (crushed), flowers and leaves (Helianthus)
Superworms^
Swamp cypress wood (false cypress, taxodium sp.)
Sweet potato
Sweetgum^
Sycamore leaf
Tahini (no garlic variety)
Tamarillo
Tangelo^
Tangerine
Thimble Berry
Tilapia^
Timothy hay
Tomato
Tomatillo^
Tree Fern
Triticale
Trout^
Tulip flowers (Tulipa spp.)
Tuna
Turkey^
Turnip, roots and greens 
Ugli Fruit (Tangelo)^
Venison^
Viola flowers
Violet flowers (Viola odorata)
Walnuts
Wasa All-Natural Crispbread (Oat flavor)
Watercress 
Watermelon
Wax worms, live or dead^
Wheat germ 
Wheat grass 
Wheat 
Whitefish
Whole Wheat Couscous
Wild rice
Worm Castings (organic)^
Zucchini (and zucchini flowers)*


*This food list is mainly adapted from Summer Michealson and Stacey Arenella's book,
The All-Natural Hermit Crab Sourcebook, and expanded on by Julia Crab and others

** After extensive tests in several EH member tanks, it has been discovered that dairy items are not lethal to crabs. In fact, most crabs really enjoy cheddar cheese, live-culture yogurt, and the occasional drink of milk. While extended long-term testing is still underway, there has been 8 months of trials with no harm to the test crabs. For now, dairy is acceptable, once every 30 to 60 days as a treat. It should not be relied upon as a food base.

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