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Starting Tips for Foraging Food

Starting Tips for Foraging Food

If you plan on being able to forage food either in a wilderness survival situation, or after a disaster to give you an advantage over those clearing out the supermarkets at the last second, you’ll probably want to start now. Foraging has many great benefits, even when you’re not doing it for survival. You can learn more about your local ecosystem and plant life, you can save money, you can source food and medicinal herbs locally, and you can, of course, learn where the edible food is in your area. But before you just dive in and start searching high […]

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Chickweed   

Chickweed  

  Chickweed, or Stellaria Media, is a prolific wild edible green.  In most areas Chickweed is an early spring crop, that prefers to grow in partial shade, but in warm areas with enough moisture it is capable of growing year round.  Chickweed can be identified by its alternating pairs of egg shaped leaves, small white flowers, and its unique stems which have “hairs” on only one side.  Here are some of the characteristics that make Chickweed an important addition to your wilderness menu…   Though most common in Europe and North America, Chickweed can be found all over the world […]

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Purslane   

Purslane  

Purslane or Portulaca oleracea, is an annual succulent wild edible green that is usually considered a weed.  It can be identified by its thick, succulent leaves that alternate on its tender, reddish stems.  It has small yellow flowers that can be found year round depending on the weather conditions of the region. While the unappreciative may spray purslane with herbicide, the hungry wilderness survivor will be happy to see this nutritious food source.  Here are some of the characteristics and nutrition information of purslane that makes it so valuable to those in the wild.   Purslane can be found all […]

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Trout Lily   

Trout Lily  

  Trout lilies are in the Erythronium genus along with 30 other species of flowers.  They grow in temperate forests and meadows throughout the Northern Hemisphere, typically flowering in the spring.  They can vary greatly in flower color, but they tend to have a six petal flower with a speckled center, two oblong leaves with brown speckles, a lower stem with reddish color, and a root bulb that looks similar to a dog’s canine tooth (which is why some species are known as dog’s-tooth violets).  These flowers can be a real sight for sore eyes to anyone surviving in the […]

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Yucca Plant

Yucca Plant

  Yucca plants are usually associated with their native arid environments, but they actually grow as far North as Alberta Canada, and into the semi-tropical and temperate areas of North America.  The ability to find these plants all over the continent makes them ideal for survival since you are likely to come in contact with them in the wilderness.  In addition to their widespread proliferation, they also have multiple uses for the wilderness survivor.  Here are some ways that you can make use of Yucca if you find some in the wilderness.   Fire When Yucca flower stalks die, they […]

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Miner’s Lettuce   

Miner’s Lettuce  

Miner’s lettuce, or Claytonia perfoliata, is a dark leafy green wild edible.  The common name comes from its widespread consumption by miners during the California gold rush years.  Here are some of the characteristics and benefits of miner’s lettuce that make it a valuable addition to anyone’s survival menu.   Miner’s lettuce is available from late winter through early summer. It will appear first in well-lit areas, but as temperatures rise, larger patches with larger leaves can be found in areas with partial shade. Its unique leaf shape makes it easy to identify even for the beginning forager. Though sometimes […]

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Watercress   

Watercress  

  Watercress is a nutrient rich, and widely available wild edible.  It grows in moving water and can be found year round in most areas, as long as the water continues to flow.  It is related to other cultivated vegetables such as mustard and wasabi.  Other than the leaf pattern it can be identified by its white and green flowers that are produced in clusters.  It is said to be one of the first known leafy vegetables eaten by humans.  It is a wonderful source of valuable nutrients for those surviving in the wilderness.   It is a perennial and […]

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Ground Cherry   

Ground Cherry  

  Ground Cherry is the common name given to a variety of different species of plants in the Physalis genus.  They are related to tomatoes and therefore have several visible similarities that make them easy to spot, though specifics will differ from species to species.  Ground cherries grow wild all over the world, though usually associated with warmer areas they can be found in high latitudes and colder areas as well.  There widespread availability and their tendency to grow in large groups makes them a great resource for wilderness survival.   They can be found growing on the edges of […]

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Hog Peanuts

Hog Peanuts

Hog peanut is the common name of Amphicarpaea bracteate.  It is a wild edible that grows in the forests of North America.  Hog peanut produces both an edible root and edible seeds.  Hog peanut is a member of the Legume family, same as beans and peas (and peanuts, which are not technically nuts).  The vines can be either annual or perineal depending on the type and location.  They tend to grow in quantities that are large enough to justify a little digging to harvest the roots along with the seeds.   Seeds The seeds from in the flowers which are […]

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Indian Cucumber

Indian Cucumber

It is possible to walk right past food in the forest without ever knowing it.  Not every wild edible is as noticeable as a tree full of ripe apples.  One such plant that might be passed by without taking note of it despite its edibility is Medeola virginiana, better known as Indian cucumber. The edible portion of Indian cucumber is the tuberous root which tastes somewhat like a cucumber, hence the  name. It does not require cooking to be edible, though since it grows in the dirt you probably do want to clean it thoroughly before eating it. Though the […]

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Broadleaf Arrowhead

Broadleaf Arrowhead

Broadleaf Arrowhead, or Sagittaria latifolia is a shallow wetland plant that can be found all over the globe.  Broadleaf arrowhead produces green leaves which are edible, best when they are young and still curled, and more importantly an edible tuber.  Even with nothing else available this plant offers enough nutrition, and can usually be found in such numbers, that it alone could keep you alive for and extended time.   The leaves are available during the entire growing season but are best in the early spring while they are still curled. In summer they will produce an edible bud above […]

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Chicken of the Woods   

Chicken of the Woods  

  It would always be nice to come across a live chicken in a wilderness survival situation, but the next best thing is “chicken of the woods”.  Not a chicken at all, it’s a mushroom, several species of mushrooms really, from the genus Laetiporus.  They are commonly sought after edible mushrooms not only for their taste, but because they are not easily confused with poisonous mushrooms as some edible verities are.   Chicken of the woods mushrooms are brightly colored when they are young and at their most nutritious. They are so bright that they can be spotted against the […]

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Pignut: Wilderness Survival Food

Pignut: Wilderness Survival Food

Pig nuts is not the most appetizing name, but Conopodium majus doesn’t sound that tasty either.  Regardless of what you want to call them, pig nuts can be a great source of survival food  in the wilderness.  They can be found all over Europe and North America.  You can gather then using only your fingers, and they can be eaten raw after peeling the skin around the “nut”, which is actually part of the root.  Here is a short video that shows the plant at various stages of growth, making it easier to identify, and at the end it shows […]

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Survival Food Available on the Go

Survival Food Available on the Go

Knowing how to fish and trap meat is a lifesaving skill in wilderness survival, but there are a variety of circumstances that would not allow for one to take the time necessary to hunt or trap.  Perhaps you are anticipating bad weather, you are injured, or you know that you are within several days journey of safety and your time and energy would be better spent covering ground.  Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to only have a survival plan that requires you to stop what you are doing and devote your day to getting your food, you […]

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Foraging For Beginngers

Foraging For Beginngers

Did you know that the first grocery store only opened its doors 100 years ago? Before then, people bought their food largely from local producers, or they hunted, grew, or found their own. Many people today are getting back to hunting and growing large portions of their food stores, but the practice of foraging hasn’t gained the same kind of popularity. This is a shame, because knowing how to forage for food is not only an essential wilderness survival skill, it’s also a great way to supplement your family’s diet with organic food. Identifying edible wild food is easily done […]

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