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You Can Do It Part II – Jungle Survival

September 30, 2010

Mado took me for a few short walks in the jungle around the village of Pa Lungan so I could learn some jungle survival skills.  Most of them require a machete.  I don’t usually carry a machete.  Guess I’d better not get lost.

Sources of drinking water include pitcher plants, bamboo and water vines.

striped pitcher plant with open lid

Water can be drunk from a closed pitcher plant which is filled with cool filtered water, but not an open one.  When the closed “lid” of the pitcher plant is squeezed around the rim it pops open.

red pitcher plant with closed lid

The hollow inside bamboo is filled with sweet water.  You can either cut a drinking hole with a machete or 2 small holes (one for drinking and one for air) with a smaller knife.  Then use a thinner piece of bamboo as a straw.

bamboo with “straw”

Mado chopped down a large piece of bamboo, about 4” diameter, and then chopped out a section with 2 segments.  Each segment was filled with water, and he carried it back to Pa Lungan as a type of water bottle.

Mado with bamboo “water bottle”

drinking from a water vine

For food, he showed me 2 types of edible palm trunks, and ferns.  The palm is very starchy, but the ferns are delicious.  My other favorite food from the area was miniature lily pads sautéed with onion.  It’s quite similar to spinach, but with a more crunchy texture and delicate flavor.

edible palm trunk

edible ferns for sale in the Kuching market

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 12:08 am

    This was amazing and how wonderful is it to learn how to live off the land. There really isn’t any
    need to go hungry. This is truly where design meets function in nature. They look wonderful yet
    suit their purpose. Were you living in the jungle or going on day trips. LOL xo

    • October 9, 2010 10:02 am

      haha, I really doubt I could ever live off the land, but it’s fun to learn about

  2. My-Tien permalink
    December 7, 2010 5:07 am

    how did the water get inside of that pitcher plant?

    • December 7, 2010 1:45 pm

      Hello My-Tien,
      According to Mado the plant brings the water up from the ground through its roots into the pitcher, so it becomes filtered in that way and is safe to drink.

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