Edible Wild Plants

Flax plant – the many uses of the flax plant in the wild

Flax plant identification The flax plant is an excellent source of food, natural fibers, and oils. Flax grows to about 4-feet tall and 2-feet wide. Leaves are wider in the middle and shaped like a lance tip and grow alternating on the stalk. Leaves are typically bluish, pale green, 1…
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Edible Wild Plants

Preparing acorns to be a nutritious source of food

Acorns as source of food Many people are not aware that acorns are edible.  Acorns are high in protein, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, calcium, and other minerals and with tannins removed, they offer a sweetish taste making them an excellent option for use in stews and breads. The best tasting acorns come…
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Animal Food

Eat bugs for survival? The U.N. says it’s a good idea in new promotion for Entomophagy

The has begun promoting edible insects as a low-fat, high protein food for people, pets, and livestock. According to the , they come with appetizing side benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in developing countries, and feeding millions of hungry people around the world. And yes, bugs can be…
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Animal Food

Cleaning, cooking, and storing (preserving) wild game in a wilderness survival situation

You must know how to prepare fish and game for cooking, storage, and preservation in a survival situation. Improper cleaning or storage of wild game can result in inedible, or possibly worse, wasted fish or game.  The following explains the process of preparing and preserving the animal for cooking and how…
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Animal Food

Traps and Snares

Introduction You can typically acquire more animal food using traps that shooting – and trapping requires much less time and energy than stalking and #160; Saving time and energy lets you dedicate that saved time to foraging and or building #160; To be effective with any type of trap or…
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Edible Wild Plants

Yam bean

Yam bean (Pachyrhizus erosus) The yam bean, commonly known as Jicama (and also known as Mexican Turnip or Mexican Potato), is a climbing plant of the bean family, with alternate, three-parted leaves and a large root. They can reach a height of a few feet given suitable support and grow…
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Edible Wild Plants

Yam

Yam (Dioscorea species) These plants are twining, tuberous vines that creep along the ground or occasionally climb trees and other structures. The woody rootstock, or tubers, is pale brown, knotty, and cylindrical in #160; Stems are reddish-brown and can grow to over 30 feet in #160; They have broad, alternate,…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wood sorrel

Wood sorrel (Oxalis species) There are over 800 species in the Oxalis #160; Wood sorrel (also known as Woodsorrels, Yellow Sorrels, or Pink Sorrels) resembles shamrock or four-leaf clover, with a bell-shaped pink, yellow, or white #160; The plants can grow up to 15 inches #160; The leaves are divided…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild rose

Wild rose (Rosa species) The Wild Rose shrub grows 60 centimeters to meters (24 inches to 8 feet) high. Larger stems are usually densely covered with straight #160; It has alternate, sharply serrated edged leaves with 3-7 oval or slightly spear-head shaped leaflets per leaf. Its oval to pear-shaped flowers…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild rice

Wild rice (Zizania aquatica) Wild rice (also known as Canada Rice, Indian Rice, Marsh Oats, and Water Oats) is an tall, erect, aquatic grass that typically is 1 to meters (3 to 4 feet) in height, but may reach meters (15 feet). The leaves are flat, strap-like, about 3-4 feet…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild pistachio

Wild pistachio (Pistacia species) Wild Pistachio plants can grow as shrubs or trees up to a height of 7 meters (23 feet). It branches are spreading and form a dense #160; The bark of the Wild Pistachio is typically ashen gray in color and deeply fissured often giving the tree…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild grape vine

Wild grape vine (Vitis species) The wild grapevine climbs with the aid of “tendrils” on stems that are hairy when young but grow into hairless vines. Its bark is #160; The tendrils that are used for support grow opposite the #160; Most grapevines produce deeply lobed leaves, alternately arranged, broad…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild fig – how to identify figs and prepare for food

Wild fig (Ficus species) Collectively known as “fig trees” or “figs”, there are nearly 1,000 species of Ficus ranging from woody trees to shrubs and vines.  Most are of the “strangler” variety, with aerial root systems, and hence easy to identify.  The sticky seeds are spread by birds to other…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild caper

Wild caper (Capparis aphylla) Wild Caper, also known as Kerda, Kair, Karir, Kirir, and Karril, is a small branched tree or thorny shrub that bears many thin, often tangled looking, leafless branches and grows to a height of about 15 #160; Leaves are usually only found on young shoots and…
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Edible Wild Plants

Water plantain

Water plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica) The Water-plantain plant, also known as Mad-dog weed, has small, white flowers and heart-shaped leaves with pointed tips. It has a fibrous root and several long-stemmed leaves with a triangular shaped #160; The leaves are clustered at the base of the #160; The plant produces many…
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Edible Wild Plants

Water lily

Water lily (Nymphaea odorata) Water Lily plants, also known as Beaver Root, are aquatic plants that are rooted in the mud from branched roots with long stems and have large, round (typically notched) leaves that float on the surface of the #160; The Water Lily’s leaves have a waxy, waterproof…
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