Wild Edible Plants...

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by wild_survival, May 30, 2008.

  1. wild_survival

    wild_survival New Member

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    There are many, many wild plants that would supply most of your vitamin and mineral needs. Of course, depending on the amount of disaster and famine, you may want to grow your own food. But it would be quite a lot easier to gather wild vegetables- if you knew what was poisonous and what was packed full of nutrition, and what was locally available. Nearly everybody in this country learned what a dandelion was before they could tie their shoes. But hardly any of us know that it is more nutritious than spinach. The whole plant is useful. Dandelion leaves, stems and flowers can be added to salad or boiled as a cooked vegetable. The flowers can be dipped in batter and fried to make fritters. The roots can be dried and ground to make tea/coffee, a favorite of mine. Dandelion wine can also be made, though I have yet to do this. The leaves are best in salad when picked young and small, and from the inner shoots, near the stem of the flower. The larger, outer leaves can be boiled into cooked vegetable, wonderful with salt and pepper.
    Violets are excellent food sources as well. The leaves, flowers and stems can be added to salads. I prefer violet leaves over dandelion because they are bland, and greeny- tasting. Dandelions are a bit bitter, but both are invaluable nutritionally, which make taste useless when you are starving for vitamins and minerals.
    Prickly pear is another favorite of mine. The fruit tastes like a mix of strawberries and kewis. Use gloves and a potato peeler to get the skin off or boil them for a while. The pads can be fried or boiled too.
    Just a few suggestions. There are many, many, many wild edible plants and trees that can supply huge amounts of dietary nutrition, if you only know which ones, and which parts to use.
    Cattails, ferns and acorns are edible too...
     
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  2. G21.45

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    :) Thank you for posting that, and for the reminder as well! I just filled my truck's gas tank up - $65.00! I drove away from the station wondering to myself just how much of this my neighbors and I can take before our whole frigg 'in local economy collapses; and we, all, begin to eat off the front lawn? :(
     

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    Actually, growing up we had dandelion greens all the time. Mom made "greens 'n beans" with them instead of escarole. They're a little bitter, but the taste is really good.

    Didn't know about the flowers or roots, though. Thanks for the tip.
     
  4. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If in a truly survival mode,even with nothing but commonsence,taste test.For short term survival ( 30 days )I,ve learned that most anything anywhere can be test tasted to provide life giveing nutrition and health.To stay heathy,you need the following--water,depending upon activity-geography would determine how much--or where to get it,--vitamin C ,it can be easily found in great abundance easily,the immature needles of most common pine trees,I have boiled these young needles into tea,tastes a bit like gin. fat, to retard auto-caniblism, the human body requires a certain amount of fat,a man can eat nothing but lean meats and die within 3 weeks,fats can be easily obtained,-insect-grubs,( thats right,the slimmy snail-like things that live under decaying logs),fish is also a good sorce,also in a salt-water ridden topography fresh water can be obtained from these same raw fish.lastly-the human body requires fiber,easily obtained from most any leafy or root plants plus infinet other minerals and vitamins.TASTE TEST.when un-sure,try a little taste-wait an hour or two,if ther are no ill effects, it,s eatable,AVOID MUSHROOMS, there is no nutritional value in mushrooms so it,s not worth the risk.Should you feel adverse effects from a taste test,burn into charcol whatever it is that you ate.It is only a taste so it should not incapasitate, only short term discomfort.
     
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  6. Doug1627

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    Great thread. Please keep the info coming.
     
  7. RL357Mag

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    Someone bought a jar of Dandelion Wine to a primitive shoot years ago. It was crystal clear and didn't taste too good, but oh my god...I'm glad he waited until AFTER the shoot to break it out.
     
  8. RochelleHill

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    Wild Edible Plants

    A small sample from my favorite source for all information rural, edible & preparedness-oriented, Backwoods Home magazine:

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/cywin47.html
    "You Can Become a Hardcore Forager"

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/gabris88.html
    "Wonderful Wilderness Wines"

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/andal76.html
    "For Health and Comfort Try Wild Herbal Teas"

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/winter101.html
    "The Enchanting Chanterelle" (foraging for mushrooms)

    There's lots more. Their columnist Jackie Clay also did a three-part series on wild-food foraging a few years back. But I don't think those articles are online.
     
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  9. RochelleHill

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    Can any of you more senior members please help me out? A week ago I posted a reply in this thread that had links to four articles on foraging from Backwoods Home magazine.

    I got a message saying the post would appear only after an admin had looked at it. I'm guessing that's because it had links in it, since I had already made some other posts with no problems.

    When the post didn't show up after five or six days, I reposted it (I happened to have saved it because I was having computer problems that first day). But I got the same message and there's still no post two days later. I sent email to the webmaster, but no reply yet.

    Help! Is there any way I can post those links without getting in trouble or having my post be lost? What am I doing wrong, please?

    Roxie
     
  10. G21.45

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    :confused: I'm going to guess and say to give administration a chance to get to know you better.

    BHM is an old fashioned website with incredibly antiquated software. The subjects they frequently touch on are, however, frequently excellent!

    If you're a Massad Ayoob fan, he's a regular contributor over there. :)
     
  11. RL357Mag

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    Don't feel too bad - I sent a question to the Administrator almost 4 weeks ago and haven't received an answer...
     
  12. Squirrel

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    are there any books on the subject that you know of?
     
  13. mpoirier22114

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    there are several, go to your local bookstore in the hiking/outdoors section, i found that the "my side of the mountain" series rven though fiction, has some great info on wild foods and how to prepare it
     
  14. Dillinger

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    Sorry Rochelle, it was flagged, presumably, because you are a new member and posting links. Your post should be okay now. I think. :p

    JD
     
  15. dukech1

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    re-open thread

    Does anyone know of a book, pamplet, or other printed material specific to survival in a specific region? Mostly what I find is general to a geographic area and non-specific. I am interested in western Texas Hill country to Edwards Plateau and including northeastern Chihuahua desert. I know that with alot of googling and research that I can find my own, then, what is the use of this forum? There are a lot of really smart people willing to help on this site. Soon, we may all be called to walk or talk, I want to walk.
     
  16. Spanz

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    Ya know, you have to be pretty careful. When I was younger, I got into the forage mode, and picked a bunch of fidle heads. Fried them up and we had a feast! only later on did I read onlline that there are other species that look just like fidle heads, but are poisonous!

    Same with mushrooms. My dad picked them routinely, and I would go along, but never felt safe enough to do it on my own. Lots of poisonous ones out there too.

    I would say, if you are serious, to take a course with a qualified biologist on foraging for wild food! A book...you are placing your life in the hands of the author, who just might be a jamoke!

    I once read one book that said "all puff balls are non-poisonous". Later, I read another book detailing the differrent and many poisonous puff balls!

    And ONLY pick what you know! Do not take ANY chances. Big bunch of mushrooms that are a little unfamilair to you....leave them for the critters!
     
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  17. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    There is no nutritional value in mushrooms period,don't bother with them,it's not worth it.
    I still stand by taste-testing.Your not makeing a meal out of anything yet,only a little taste to see if it's ok . Most people thrown into a crisis scenerio,may not have a choice. This is a safe way to prolong health in an
    intelligent fashion.
    In my youth,I spent many years on extended back woods trips( some over three months), all over North America . I've read many books and articles on the subject,one imparticular written by a royal Canadian mounty,I think his name was Townsend,great book.
    I have tested many of these methods and this is one of the best and safest ways to stay alive.
     
  18. Rex in OTZ

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    eatin weeds

    had fixed the kids dandilion flowers just last night they et em up no left overs, the greens is good too when selected well.
    Dandilion wine...........???
    check with the local county extension agent they have allot on just this subject.
    Honey products
    Fruit leather
    Mead!
    Spring time -Diamond Willow leaf shoots a 1/2 cup them = 2 oranges in vitamin C
     
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