How To Use Desert Plants In A Survival Situation According To Ray Mears

You’re never going to guess what you can do with these useful desert plants should you get caught in a survival situation. Some of them are pretty interesting. If you’ve used any of these plants which is different from what you learn here please let us know.

If you’re lost in the desert walking through rugged  terrain is not only tough on you but on your shoes, or boots as well. In the video below see how to use the agave plant for making repairs to your boots, and shoes.

You’ll also see how to use bear grass which can be used for thatching shelters. The yucca plant can be used for string and food plus one other very useful purpose. Watch the video now, and be sure to look at the article about finding food in the desert that appears after the video.

Useful desert plants that could help you in a survival situation

Tips for Finding Food in the Desert

Article Source: Crisis Times

  1. If water is not available, do not eat.
  2. Unless you have plenty of water. Don’t exhaust yourself looking for food, conserve your sweat.
  3. AVOID plants with milky sap.
  4. AVOID all red beans.
  5. AVOID bitter or soapy taste.
  6. AVOID spines, fine hairs, or thorns.
  7. AVOID dill, carrot, parsnip, or parsleylike foliage.
  8. AVOID “almond” scent in woody parts and leaves.
  9. AVOID grain heads with pink, purplish, or black spurs.
  10. AVOID three-leaved growth pattern.
  11. If possible, boil plants which are questionable.
  12. Use the “Universal Edibility Test” if you doubt a plant is poisonous (See section at the bottom of this page).
  13. Unless you’re an expert hunter, don’t hunt, use trapping instead (less effort involved).

Some common desert edible plants are:

  1. Abal (Calligonum comosum): its fresh flowers can be eaten in spring.
  2. Acacia (Acacia farnesiana): Its young leaves, flowers, and pods are edible raw or cooked.
  3. Agave (Agave species): Its flowers and flower buds are edible. Boil them before eating.
  4. Cactus (various species).
  5. Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera): Its fruit is edible fresh but is very bitter if eaten before it is ripe.
  6. Desert amaranth (Amaranths palmeri): All parts are edible, but some may have sharp spines you should remove before eating.
  7. Desert raisin: (eaten raw when green-white to yellow-brown).

Reptiles are a good protein source and relatively easy to catch. Thorough cooking and hand washing is imperative with reptiles. All reptiles are considered to be carriers of salmonella, which exists naturally on their skin. Turtles and snakes are especially known to infect man. If you are in an undernourished state and your immune system is weak, salmonella can be deadly. Cook food thoroughly and be especially fastidious washing your hands after handling any reptile. Lizards are plentiful in most parts of the world. They may be recognized by their dry, scaly skin. They have five toes on each foot. The only poisonous ones are the Gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard. Care must be taken when handling and preparing the iguana and the monitor lizard, as they commonly harbor the salmonellal virus in their mouth and teeth. The tail meat is the best tasting and easiest to prepare.

Your most vital nutritional needs in a survival situation are protein and fat. Most insects are rich in both. Turn off your cultural bias against eating insects. Edible bugs are good “survival food”.


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Originally posted 2014-03-17 18:20:38.

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