Long term survival skills include foraging for healthy wild edibles. There are few natural forest foods as nutritious as the chanterelle mushroom. Easily identified by its yellow top and stem, it’s one of the richest sources of vitamin D and potassium. Even some vitamin C.
The chanterelle is found throughout Europe and North America. A cluster-growing mushroom, it’s usually spotted in pine forests or mountainside birch woodlands.
In the video below, Survival Lily grabs some chanterelle mushrooms for a scrambled egg breakfast at her bug out camp.
Batoning for a breakfast fire, she cooks up a nice meal. There are a number skills displayed in this quick video. Watch and
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Foraging is simply searching and harvesting wild food resources. When foraging wild edibles there are many “rules” to follow (from Edible Wild Foods) including:
There’s a lot to learn well beyond the scope of this short post. But it’s a start. These rules should get you thinking about what you may want to study.
1.Only forage for food that you know for certain is safe. There are poisonous plants out there and some have lookalikes. A field guide with photos is an excellent place to start … [the] Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants with drawings and photos will help you make positive identifications.
For mushrooms, I highly recommend … All That the Rain Promises and More. [It] has excellent pictures, what to look for, and eating instructions.
Here’s how to forage Morel Mushrooms.
When in doubt, do not consume a foraged item.
2. Only forage food in a safe area. Not only do we need to know our food is safe, we need to know it’s not been sprayed with chemicals or exposed to pollutants. Anything near a roadway is not a good candidate for foraging …
3. Be a good steward. Don’t forage on private property without asking for permission first … Also, know enough about the plant that you don’t wipe it out … if you’re picking morel mushrooms … then you know you should always leave part of the stem in the ground to produce spores for next year’s crop …
4. [Know] how to prepare wild edibles. You need to know the proper and safe way to prepare your foraged wild edible. For example, you should never eat wild mushrooms raw. You should always thoroughly cook them to kill any bacteria …
Morel mushrooms need to be soaked in a salt water overnight before rinsing and cooking … most other mushrooms break down too much if soaked overnight …
5. Test a small amount first. Prepare a small amount and eat a few bites to see if you have a reaction. Even though it may be a perfectly safe wild edible, you could have an allergic reaction to it.
Source: If you want to learn more about wild edible foraging, there’s no better source than Melissa K. Norris.
Living off the land is a basic survival skill. And part of that skill set is
foraging for edible food. Below is a list of edible plants that are found in the United States. Of course, some are only available in certain areas … and at certain times of the year.
This is far from an exhaustive list, but it will get you started.
The list of eleven:
We are all familiar with this common lawn weed, but few people realize that this plant can be eaten from top to bottom.
We tried cattails in Boy Scouts.
They were a staple for Native Americans.
Both the tips and the white colored bottoms of the stalks are edible raw and palatable but be careful not to eat the fiber as it may cause a stomach ache.
3) Wild Asparagus
Asparagus is one of the best wild edible plants widely found across North America. If you find it in your life, you’ll probably find it in or around the same location for the rest of your life. This wild edible is hardy.
4) Milk Thistle
Another wild edible found across North America is milk thistle. This is the plant with the purple flower-like top that we see along some highways.
Everybody knows clover and it falls within the group of edible plants. Clover is everywhere in the United States and very high in protein.
6) Wild Onions
If it looks like an onion and smells like an onion, go ahead and eat it. If it looks like an onion but doesn’t smell like one, don’t eat it. It could be dangerous.
Classified as a grass, bamboo is one of the edible weeds found in the certain parts of the United States.
This is a common weed we’ve seen before but no one can pronounce the name.
Violets are edible flowers and they are high in vitamins A and C.
The day-lilies have a long history in China as both edible flowers and medicine. Young, day-lily leaves can be cut at 5 inches and sauteed or stir-fried.
My favorite best wild edible plants are berries and they grow everywhere in northern North America.
Source: “Just In Case” Jack offers a more detailed list, including photos, on his Skilled Survival blog. In his own words, as “a patriot, raised by a patriot, I believe it’s important to understand our nation’s history so that we can protect it.” Yes!