Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Gorp is a snack food commonly used in outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and camping. This food mixture is termed scroggin in New Zealand and Australia, and Studentenfutter in German-speaking countries. Trail mix usually consists of a mixture of nuts and dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries. Other ingredients such as chocolate chips may also be included.
Two backronyms for the word "gorp," an alternate name for trail mix, are Good Old Raisins and Peanuts and Granola Oats Raisins and Peanuts. Some assume that "gorp" is an actual acronym for one of those phrases (or alternatively for "Gobs Of Raw Protein"), but it is probably a folk etymology. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1913 reference to the verb "gorp", meaning "to eat greedily". Another name may be "Gross Oats Rotten Peanuts".
Trail mix is an ideal snack food on the trail. It is lightweight and easy to store, because all of its ingredients are desiccated. It is also very energy rich, providing quick energy from the carbs in the dried fruit and or granola, as well as sustained energy from the mostly mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.
While prepackaged commercial variants of Trail Mix are readily available many outdoor enthusiasts prefer to mix up a homemade batch.

1 comment:

volksbloggin said...

Benny and I survived on gorp on our Hawaii honeymoon