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Finding Good Food Near You-for survival

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How To Find Food In The Wild;


On a normal day, good healthy food isn’t much of a problem to find you’ve got to go through that dangerous trail to the supper market or even the local convenient store, oh no not the friends garden now we’re roughing it.

But, what do you do if you’re stranded broke down, and lost in the wild like days out and no food other than a few things to snack on thinking of a simple country crossing that shouldn’t take any longer than 36 hours traveling cross good flat land only about 18 hours out the old trusty 4 by 4 steed the Jeep decides to give up and die, thank god for bottled water.

So you load up all the food you’ve got and water which is going to drag you down a bit but so necessary, so those snacks you brought probably not going to last long so you probably need to start looking around for some food on the trail along the way surly there’s stuff to munch on, on the way to civilization to help sustain after all it’s only going to be a few days if you can keep up a constant pace except meals and brakes.

Things To Look For; 

There are hundreds even thousands of things you can find along you’re trip hears just a few that’s quite easy to find on your journeys and how to test for edibility

1. Wild Onion’s and Garlic

Location: Non-Swamp Areas With Heavy Moisture & Direct Sunlight
Edible Parts: Stalks & Un-Bloomed Spears (Berries Are Toxic)

The most commonly known varieties of Alliums are probably onions and garlic. Their wild brethren, while similar, are not exactly the same kinds you might find in a grocery store ready for cooking. Remember: when looking for onions outdoors, you’re looking for the stalks and not the bulbs, as the bulbs grow underground. wild onions and garlic are plentiful around the world and offer plenty of sustenance, cooking can help any sensitive stomachs. If it doesn’t smell like an onion, don’t eat it, it’s more than likely poisonous, these things are great for seasoning, garnishing, and flat out munching, they are very good nutrients and healthy to consume and one of the easiest edible plants you can find.

2. Asparagus

Location: Non-Swamp Areas With Heavy Moisture & Direct Sunlight
Edible Parts: Stalks & Un-Bloomed Spears (Berries Are Toxic)

Asparagus can also be found in the wild. It tends to grow in damp (not wet) soil and indirect sunlight, the wild varieties are thinner than their domestic brothers, but they are still edible all the same. With wild asparagus, your best bet is to eat it when it is young and easily plucked from the ground the older the plant, the more bitter the taste, and the more likely that the plant has absorbed toxins from the surrounding land you can eat it raw or cook it. And, yes, it will still make your pee smell funny.

3. Bamboo

Location: Temperate Climates Especially In Asia & North America
Edible Parts: Young Shoots & Sprouts (Must Be Cooked First)

A staple of Asian food for centuries, the edible parts of bamboo are not the tall skinny stalks, as you might think, but rather the stout and rotund buds (under a foot tall) that can be found sprouting from the ground in temperate regions especially around North America and Asia. Just remember, that bamboo cannot be eaten raw, as it contains toxins that could kill you. So, to prepare it out in the wild, you’ll want to peel and/or carve the skin and leaves off, chop up the core, and boil it. This will make it safe to eat. It’s a bit more work than just plucking a berry off a bush, but it’s safe and can keep you alive.

4. Berries

Location: Varying Climates & Conditions Around The World
Edible Parts: Whole Berries

Everyone knows about berries, as they were one of the first food sources of our ancestors and have remained a viable food source ever since, some berries aren’t safe to eat. Some are downright toxic and will kill you in mere hours if ingested. Your safest bet with berries is to stay away from any with which you don’t know. On the plus side, if you find some that look like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or black berry’s the likelihood is that they are, in fact, blueberries, strawberries, and are safe to eat. So, as a rule of thumb, don’t eat any berries unless you are certain what kind they are.

5. Cattails

Location: Wetlands
Edible Parts: Stems, Roots, & Cores

Also known as punks, corndog grass, bulrush, or reedmace – these plants are found all around the wetlands of the world. So, if you’ve managed to find a reliable source of natural water in your travels, there’s a pretty good chance that cattails are not far away. And, thankfully, many parts of this plant are edible subterranean stems, the hearts of the stems, and even the roots. Be wary, however, of any cattails growing near polluted water, as the plants will draw the toxins into their roots and, when you eat them, you’ll be about as well-off as having drunk the polluted water straight. Still, if you’re confident that the water isn’t nuclear, you’re probably safe.

6. Chicory

Location: North America, Europe, & Australia
Edible Parts: Entire Plant

With its recognizable blue and white flowers, chicory can be found all over North America, Europe, and Australia. Which is a lucky thing, because all of the plants can be eaten. Cooking is unnecessary, although it will taste better if you do. Interestingly enough, chicory is also used widely as salad greens, as a coffee substitute, and for medicinal purposes. It’ has a cousin that’s another plant you can eat that’s on this list: Dandelions.

 7. Clovers

Location: Temperate Climates Around The World
Edible Parts: Entire Plant

If you see the word ‘clover’ and it conjures images of the little leafy plant commonly associated with Irish holidays, traditions, and sports teams, you’re exactly on track. These little plants, which can be found growing in grassy areas all around the world, are absolutely edible from their leaves to their stems don’t eat the 4 leaved ones they’re lucky. It should be mentioned, however, that raw clovers do have a tendency to be a bit bitter, but boiling them can help that tremendously so long as you aren’t bothered by the same slimy texture as boiled spinach.

8. Dandelions

Location: Varying Climates & Conditions Around The World
Edible Parts: Entire Plant

Like their cousin, chicory, dandelions are an incredibly robust plant which can survive in many different regions around the world. Similarly, they’re also entirely edible, from root to flower, and are even commonly used as a salad green. As is the case with most wildflowers, the flavor of dandelions tends to get more bitter with age, so the younger the better. That means you’ll want to eat these plants when they still have yellow flower heads and not the white puffs of seeds they become toward the end of their lifecycle. You can also boil them to decrease their bitterness.

9. Fireweed

Location: North America, Europe, & Asia
Edible Parts: Entire Plant (Especially When Young)

Though you might think them named for their red-stemmed flowers, fireweed really got its name because they grow in common abundance in areas that have recently suffered wildfires. That is to say, these plants grow best in soil that has recently burned over, a man on the west side of the USA. A common dietary staple of many Native American brothers fireweed can be found in abundance across the United States, in Europe, and even as far as Australia. It is notable for its reddish stalks and pink-to-purple flowers, all of which can be eaten especially at the plant’s younger stages.

10.  Thistle

Location: Varying Climates & Conditions Around The World
Edible Parts: Entire Plant (With Preparation)

If you recognize the name of this plant as a common herbal dietary supplement, then it shouldn’t surprise you to know that the plant is also edible in its wild form notable for both its spines and bright purple flowers, this is another plant that can be eaten from root to flower. But, you should be very careful to remove all of the spines prior to ingesting it, as they can get lodged in your throat and, at best, be very uncomfortable. It should also be noted that, prior to consuming, the stem should be boiled or cooked over an open flame.

11. Pine Nuts

Location: Mediterranean Climates
Edible Parts: Shelled Nut

Nuts have been a staple food of mankind for a very long time, but not all nuts are safe to eat raw. Pine nuts, however, aren’t one of those they are edible straight from the pine cone. Yes, they come from pine cones. These little snacks are especially abundant in the Southwest and Northern Pacific, but you will have to do a bit of searching, as they are also a favored snack of birds, squirrels, and other woodland creatures there’s you’re protein catch and kill a squirrel. Just remember, you’ll want to search for pine nuts in green-to-light-brown pine cones as they are the least likely to have begun rotting. Also, be aware that you may end up getting some pitch or sap on you, which can be a menace to clean off, especially in the woods far from civilization.

12. Prickly Pear

Location: Desert Climates
Edible Parts: Fruit & Pads (Peeled)

Just like Baloo sings in The Jungle Book, prickly pears are perfectly safe to eat in the wild. But, since they grow on cacti witch most are full of water to help with dehydration, you’ll want to first be sure you remove all the spines and peel off the skin prior to ingesting. These pink or purple fruits are loaded with nutrients and taste like candy which is especially important to get your hands on in their growing region the desert and or dry climates like Texas and Oklahoma. It’s also notable that the cactus pads (the leaf-like growths from which the pears sprout) are also edible when peeled. In fact, in Mexican foods, they’re more commonly known as nopales. You should, however, boil them before eating.

14. Mustard Plant

Location: Varying Climates & Conditions Around The World
Edible Parts: Entire Plant

Yes, the very same plant that goes into the yellow hot dog-friendly condiment, is a wild plant that can be ingested, should the occasion call for it. Common around the world – especially during the spring bloom – this plant is another that can be eaten in its entirety. It’s also one of the more easy-to-spot wild plants for its thin stalks and abundance of bright yellow flowers. Don’t be afraid to pluck this one and eat it raw.

15. Purslane

Location: Varying Climates & Conditions Around The World
Edible Parts: Leaves

This hearty little succulent is fairly common all around the United States, which makes it an excellent option if you’re looking for survival food. It’s also interesting for the fact that, unlike most of the other plants on this list, its leaves actually taste more sour than bitter – which is great for anyone that can stand a bitter bite. And, if you’re not fond of sour flavors either, you can always boil the leaves to make the flavor more neutral.

16. Seaweed/Kelp

Location: Oceans
Edible Parts: Entire Plant (Especially Dried Leaves)

A long-time staple of oceanic and Asian foods, seaweed and/or kelp is a wonderful edible wild plant. And just about the entire plant can be eaten. It is, however, a good idea to allow the plant to dry out before ingesting it, as much of its mass is comprised of saltwater – which could be a dangerous thing to ingest if you are in a survival situation, as it will actually serve to dehydrate you. For the best and most nutritious varieties, try plucking plants that are anchored to the ocean floor by their roots, as they are the least likely to be dead and/or decomposing and, therefore, the most nutrient-rich and safe to eat.

Remember though there are still 100’s of other plant life that I haven’t covered hears 50 more some of them I’ve mentioned.

Pokeweed ;

Pokeweed can be found throughout the Continental United States but is far more popular in the central and eastern states of the South. It is a poisonous weed, related to nightshade, but is prepared for consumption correctly, it is actually considered a delicacy by many citizens of the rural United States. In fact, in its cooked form, pokeweed is so popular that many states, especially those in the South, hold yearly festivals in the early spring to commemorate it.

The cooked version of this weed is properly referred to as “poke sallet,” but like with so many traditions that have survived via word of mouth, the pronunciation can often be found altered, most commonly to “poke salad.” You might also see it spelled “Polk salad” or “Polk sallet.” The “Polk” spelling was popularized by a 1968 country/pop song by Tony Joe White called “Polk Salad Annie.” and Elvis Presly sings a very nice version.

Some of these plants require you to cook them in order to be edible and for that, you’re going to need a flame. You might want to study up on how to start a fire without matches, just in case.

As you were reading you probably notice some of these plants require you to cook them to be edible and for that, you’re also going to be eating other things that need cooking after you shut down for the night you’re going to need a flame. You might want to study up on how to start a fire without matches, just in case after all matches run out and get wet, lighters run out of fluid, or more than a few lost.

Things to watch out for;

  • Look out for plants with thorns.
  • If it tastes bitter or soapy spit it out.
  • Stay away from plants that have 3 leaves excluding the clover.
  • Stay away from plants with umbrella-shaped flowers
  • Stay away from plants that have the seed encased in a pod.
  • Milky or discolored sap is a definite warning sign.
  • And above all food that has an almond smell that’s not an almond don’t eat.

Hears a few small tests you can perform from the Universal Edibility Test’

Separate; Separate said the plant into its basic parts Leaves, Root’s, Bud’s, Stems, and flowers, some parts of the plant might be edible while the others are not.

Contact Test; Take small pieces of different parts of the plant crush them take each part and rud tender parts of you’re body like the bottom of your wrist or the fold of you’re arm wait 15 minutes,{You can drink but don’t eat anything during the test} looking for any redness, burning, rash, ETC. if any of this happens probably not the best choice to eat.

Lip Test; If you have no negative reaction for 8 hours take a part of the plant and hold it to your lips for about 3 minutes, if you experience any burning or tingling remove the plant piece and do another part of the plant the same way till all the plant is done remember on part might not be and the next part will be edible.

Taste Test; Hold the part you have been testing in you’re mouth for 15 minutes if there’s any tingling or burning spit it out and rinse your mouth out “DONT SWALLOW“.

Chew Test; If you had no negative reaction to the taste test then take said pieces of the plant you have been testing and chew it thoroughly hold it in you’re mouth for another 15 minutes WITHOUT SWALLOWING!!, If there are any adverse sensations spit it out and rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water.

Swallow Test; If there aren’t any negative reactions like tingling or burning, Swallow now you’ll need to give this 8 houres without consuming anything except water, If you feel any nausea, induce vomiting, and drink grotesquely amounts of water, but if nun it’s time to eat.

Cooking; Boiling, baking some toxic plants will make them edible like Pokeweed or served up as poke salad you have got to boil and strain this plant 3 times and rinse with clean water before eating it personal knowledge there buddy. 

In Conclusion;

You have learned of 15 edible plants and 1 poisonous one the Pokeweed but with proper cooking, it’s quite a tasty plant, that you can consume, gather, and cook, you’ve been showed how to start a fire with no matches, or lighter, have been given the  Universal Edibility Test’, for those plants unlisted, you also have a link to 50 edible plants, you have pictures of all mentioned plants edible or poisonous plants.

Now they’re a lot more edible plants just watch your self my next post will be on other things on the trail you can eat to survive so please treat yourself and come on back to visit.

Leave me a comment and let me know if there’s anything else you have an interest in or any feedback I’ll get back as soon as possible.



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