10 Wild Edibles You Can Eat
Being lost in the wilderness can be a scary situation especially if you lack food and water. Finding water should be your first task, but you also want to find food. The forest is a source of many wild edibles that can save your life. Unless you have a guidebook, it might be difficult to know which foods are safe for you to eat, so learn it now.
The first thing you should always remember is that you want to avoid the foods in the wild that are poisonous. You never ever should eat mushrooms. Some mushrooms are edible, but you can never be sure. Avoid most berries, especially yellow and white ones. Plants with thorns aren’t your friend, and neither are those that have a bitter or soapy taste.
Other rules to remember is to stay away from umbrella-shaped flowers, shiny leaves, plants with leaves in groups of three, and anything with an almond smell. Now that you know a few of the rules of foraging, let’s look at wild edibles that can save your life.
10 Wild Edibles You Can Eat
Daylilies are a popular choice for flower gardens, but these 6-petaled orange flowers are edible. Daylily flowers only last a single day, and they grow on a leafless flower stalk. Make sure there are no leaves because some poisonous look-alikes have leaves on the stalk.
The entire daylily plant can be eaten raw or cooked. You can cook the tubers found at the roots.
You might be surprised to know that pine trees are a source of food. Have you ever tried pesto? If so, you’ve probably consumed pine nuts because they’re a common pesto ingredient. All pine trees produce seeds or nuts, and those can be eaten. Cones can be gathered in the late fall and early winter, and the seeds extracted from the open cones.
Chances are you think plantain is a weed that grows in your yard and refuses to go away, but it’s more than that. Plantain is a strong medicinal herb, and it’s edible. Broadleaf plantain has green oval leaves with thick stems. Long pointed green flowers grow upwards. Plantain leaves can be cooked or eaten raw. You also can chew the leaves to be placed on wounds or bug bites.
Wild Bee Balm
Also known as wild bergamot, wild bee balm can be found all over North America, growing in large clumps together. Wild bergamot reaches around 3 feet tall with erect branches. The leaves are around 3 inches long. You’ll find flower clusters at the end of each branch in a lovely shade of lavender or pink.
The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. You can also prepare a delicious tea with the leaves and flowers.
Amaranth is a native grain-like plant that reaches 35 to 59 inches tall. They have alternate leaves with small flowers on top. Amaranth seeds are brown or black. All parts of the amaranth plant are edible, but you do need to watch out for the sharp spines on the leaves. Make sure to boil the leaves before eating to help improve the flavor, but you can eat them raw as well. You can turn amaranth seeds into flour by grinding them.
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