Not only will these common edible plants help you survive in the wild, they are most likely available all around you free for the taking. Some of them are even better for you than buying organic produce at the store.
This is explained in the slideshow presentation below. Also included are the nutritional values of some of the common edible plants as well as a few recipes you can use for the edibles. This is a very well done presentation and well worth a few minutes of your time.
More About Common Edible Plants
Many moons ago, I studied common edible plants with an expert. Maybe you know someone like her, the person that goes through the woods browsing and grazing–blithely munching away at the buffet that the rest of us call a hiking trail.
During those studies, I learned to identify a lot of edible and medicinal plants. But probably the most valuable lesson was on how to learn the individual plants. It’s a deceptively simple process, but could end up saving your life if you’re ever thrust into a survival situation.
First, find a good field guide that teaches you about the dangerous stuff. Peterson’s Field Guide to Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants is a good place to start. Spend some time learning about the poisonous plants in your area. Learn to recognize them in all seasons and in all forms. Then stay away from those plants!
Second, get a good, reputable guide to edible plants. Again, Peterson’s (Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants) is a good place to start.
Now, go through the field guide and make a list of all the common edible plants found in your area. If you wish, you can prioritize the list by listing the most common species first, less common species further down the list.
Choose a plant to start with. For the next week, this is your plant.
Every day for the next 7 days you will look at the picture and read the description. After looking at the field guide, close the book. Close your eyes and try to picture the plant in your mind. Then, open your eyes and sketch the plant. If you can’t draw, then write out a description that is as thorough as you can make it. This daily process shouldn’t take more that 5-10 minutes. Don’t make it difficult.
At the end of the week (or any day that works for you), go outdoors and collect some of the plants you are studying. Take it home, prepare it, and yes, eat it!
In one year, you will have intimate knowledge of 52 mostly common edible plants in your area. You’ll have extra confidence, knowing that if you get lost, you won’t go hungry!
Dave Sharpe writes about Wilderness Survival, Animal Tracking, and Nature Observation at [http://www.tracking-and-awareness.com]
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