Edible Plants To Forage in the Wild

Edible Plants you can Easily Find in The Wild

If You ever find yourself in an extreme survival situation you can rest assured that there will be plenty of food available. The question is, will you be able to find it if you need to? There are many plants that grow all over the world, they are all very edible and will sustain you if the need were to ever arise. Learn to identify these plants and you will be ready if a real y2k incident ever were to come. I will be concentrating this article only on plants that are widespread throughout the US and much of the rest of the world. These will all be very easy to find and identify. Its best to avoid any plants that you are not familiar with. These wild edible plants are most likely familiar to everybody, you just might not have realized they were edible.

Cattails

  • The Roots or Rhizomes: The main part of the cattail that you will get the most benefit from is the rhizomes (roots). They areeating cattails for survival of y2k quite important because they can be harvested all year long, even in the middle of winter! They are heavy in carbohydrates and can be fried as is, or dried and turned into flour. To make the flour you will need to squeeze the starch out of them, or allow them to sit in water for several hours. This will draw out the starch. It will accumulate at the bottom of your soaking container. From that point you will remove the starchy debris from the bottom of your container and dry it out. This will easily be ground into a flour like substance that can be used to make bread and whatever else you might want. You can also simply mash the entire root up, boil it, and then dry it out to mash into flour.

 

  • The Immature spikes at the tops of cattails: These can be eaten boiled or steamed and enjoyed just like corn on the cob. They also taste remarkably similar to corn as well. These are sometimes referred to as “kitten tails”

 

  • The Stalks of the cattails: These can be eaten fresh off the plant, diced up and added to salads, or fried up like onions. The best part of the stalk is usually at the bottom of these plants just above the roots. You should concentrate on collecting the parts of the stalk with white coloration in the core.

Dandelions

The Dandelion is a very plentiful wild edible plant all over the world. They are easy to eat, easy to prepare, and are very healthy. TheyDandelions make a great food. They are easy to identify and are usually plentiful. actually have a lot of calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

  • Eating the leafy greens at the base of the dandelion: These are great to eat and are very easy to identify. You will find the younger the leaves the better they taste. The best leaves will always be on the inner most part of the plants stem. You can start to gather these as soon as they begin popping in the spring. The older the leaves get the more bitter the taste, but they are all edible.
  • The tops of the dandelion: These are also a very great y2k survival food. They are best harvested before they totally open up to show the yellow coloring. They tend to be the best part of the plant to eat, they really have a sweet flavor.
  • The roots: These are full of vitamins and minerals. They can be eaten fried or added to your salads diced up. They actually make a great coffee substitute. Roast the roots and dry them out, they can then be brewed into a very healthy coffee/tea.

Pine Trees

  • Make pine needle tea out of the white pine. The white pine is  native to much of the United states. It provides sweet tasting needles that can make a great tea. These have very high vitamin C content. Actually 5x more vitamin C than a lemon. You can easily make the tea by steeping it for just a couple hours. They have a distinct tanginess, that everyone will love.
  • Pine Nuts: All pine trees have pine cones, and all pine cones have pine nuts in them. They are just the small seeds inside the cones. They are also a great healthy snack that can provide much needed nourishment if you ever find yourself stuck in a survival situation.

 

eating seeds from a pine cone, pine nutsThese are just a few examples of wild edible plants that can be found in a field or forest near you. They are some of the safest bets for survival in the wild. They are easily identifiable, and could save your life if y2k ever does really come.