Things you can chew...

by (45) Updated May 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM Created January 13, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I thought I'd ask this because I haven't found a lot of info on it thus far... A post I read on PaNu mentioned tribal people chewing on leaves and bark etc., which made me think of asking this, and it just seems that humans like chewing on things for entertainment, from what I've read about people in ancient civilizations and tribes chewing different types of wax and tree gum and stuff. I dunno about everybody else here, but I like chewing on stuff! But even "natural" chewing gum has artificial sweeteners or sugar in it, which I want to avoid.

So, what would be a good natural thing to chew on, that would be accessible for someone today? I've read stuff about birch and spruce resin being chewed but I have no clue where/how I would get them. Maybe beeswax? Thoughts?

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11555 · January 14, 2011 at 2:35 AM

You can chew the resin of American sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styraciflua) also. They grow wild throughout the eastern and southern US.

115 · January 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM

okay, I used to chew on pine tree sap/resin when I was a kid out cutting firewood with my dad. It tastes bitter for the first 15 20 minutes but then levels out and just tastes piney and delicious.

from what I have heard it won't hurt you.


10 · April 03, 2013 at 11:15 AM

if you just pull off some of the outer bark of a pine tree, you can almost scoop out the softer bark inside! you dont have to do anything to it you can just eat it straight away.

2611 · April 02, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Ever tried chia seeds soaked in water until they form a gel? You can chew on a mouthful of those for hours. As for commercial products, you could try xylitol-based gum. By all accounts I've ever heard, xylitol is healthy or neutral in small quantities.

10 · April 02, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Mastic gum. Frankincense. Myrrh. All were/are used as chewing gum, though normally known as resin to burn for incense. Mastic still widely used as chewing gum. Chewing some right now. Slight piney-lemony taste. Taste lasts forever. I've been chewing this piece for 8 solid hours. Mouth still piney.

4888 · January 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Liquorice sticks - the natural wood ones. Lovely!

787 · January 14, 2011 at 5:39 AM

Toothpicks. Just like in Uncle Buck. :)

Seriously, you can get just regular toothpicks, or flavored ones- tea tree is popular, but I think I've seen ones with cinnamon oil, too.

0 · May 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

You can always chew pine or spruce resin. (Resin is hardened/crystalized sap)You can also make chewing gum with it. For the pine, melt it down through a strainer and add some beeswax and oil. Use equal amounts of pine sap and beeswax and add oil for consistency. (The oil will not mix with the gum, but it will take out the liquids. When you pour out the oil, you are left with a gum.) For spruce, just melt it and pour it in a mold, or you can boil it in a cheese cloth while moving it around with a spoon in the water so that the sap comes out of the cloth. Then, put the sap (which will float on the top), in cold water. Then all you have to do is knead it and chew.

You can always add honey or sugar for sweetness. Feel free to also add vanilla or mint extract. Get creative.

You should never use a pot, strainer, spoon, etc. that you plan on using again for something besides sap.

100 · July 08, 2013 at 2:32 AM

I've chewed bee pollen before but not anymore. It's not bad.

5 · July 08, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Although I have no chewing fixation, I like the idea of this thread. So here's my contribution: Chive straw. I have chives growing in my back yard. I just picked some of the dried straw and tried chewing it. It's almost identical to a toothpick. Completely tasteless, the texture of thin brittle wood. A bit softer than a toothpick, actually. It disintegrates somewhat rapidly. One long stick will last probably 20 minutes. It was once food, so it has to be safe, right? I don't know what goes on in a "Toothpick Manufacturing Facility", but I wouldn't want to chew on those regularly like some people do. Of course, if you're waiting until the chives turn to straw, you're just wasting them.:)

0 · February 07, 2013 at 7:27 AM

I chew on pen caps haa My boyfriend chews on pop can tabs and I tell him to stop and its bad for his teeth but he doesn't listen sometimes I think he's part goat hahaha

0 · January 20, 2013 at 4:14 AM

Pine pitch makes good chewing gum. But before you chew it, put it into a clean, empty glass jar and put it in boiling water for about an hour. It boild off some of the flavor, but all of the germs, etc. also gets rid of some of the nastier stuff in it.... Freezeit to store it. Thaw b4 you chew. frozen, it loses all stickyness, and is quite easy to handle, a bit like very weak, brittle glass.

1672 · August 16, 2012 at 2:44 AM

We have this mint leaf bush in my backyard that overgrew extremely, so to take it down I will daily grab 5 leaves chew on them like a gum and spit it out. Leaves my mouth refreshing and curbs my appetite.

0 · August 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Try, pine pitch or Birch pitch and bees wax. I'm going to try and make a sassafras root and beeswax concoction.

3962 · January 14, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Herbs and seaweed come to mind.

Beef or venison jerky might serve the purpose.

I have seen folks chew on grasses, but not in many years.

20 · January 13, 2011 at 11:29 PM

sometimes i will ball up and chew on my floss after i'm done. it's minty.

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