WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This winter, we’ve seen quite a bit of snow. It’s everywhere you look, and some people may be tempted to give it a taste. But is it safe to do so?
Believe it or not, snow is actually a pretty safe thing to eat.
Snow is basically crystallized water. Many campers and hikers around the world use it as their primary source of water.
When it comes to eating the snow, the main consideration is where you get it from. Snow that is touching soil or a road could be contaminated. As you might expect, you also shouldn’t eat any snow that isn’t white.
People 22News spoke with had mixed feelings about the idea of eating snow.
“I think it’s gross, everyone walks in it there’s dirt right under it, I think no,” Ashley Navarro of Springfield said.
“We used to eat it when we were kids. My mother used to put vanilla favoring and put it in the ice box and it would be like ice cream. So yeah, I would eat it if it was clean,” Thelma Price Ware of West Springfield said.
You can melt clean snow for drinking water, and for extra purity, you can run it through a coffee filter.
The freshest snow is always going to be the cleanest, because the wind can blow a thin layer of dirt on top of it within about a day or two.