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11 Wild Edible Plants

Foraging For Edibles

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.

A Few Precautions:

  • If you’re not sure it’s the right plant, don’t eat it. Or nibble a small portion and wait an hour to see how you feel. (Honestly, be certain.)
  • Avoid plants near roads. They may be sprayed with chemicals or contaminated by traffic.
  • Never eat a plant that smells like almonds: cyanide poisoning!

The list of eleven:

1) Dandelions

We are all familiar with this common lawn weed, but few people realize that this plant can be eaten from top to bottom.

2) Cattails

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.

5) Clover

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.

7) Bamboo

Classified as a grass, bamboo is one of the edible weeds found in the certain parts of the United States.

8) Purslane

This is a common weed we’ve seen before but no one can pronounce the name.

9) Violets

Violets are edible flowers and they are high in vitamins A and C.

10) Day-lily

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.

11) Berries

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!

Image: Couleur

Survival Gear: Solar, Cold Weather, And Lock Picks

Solar Chargers, Cold Weather Gear, Lock Picking

The ITS Tactical crew reviews survival gear elements in a question-answer format. In the video below folks ask about solar chargers, cold weather clothing, and lock picking for the beginner. Covers the spectrum, huh?

Gear Review Highlights:

The initial segment on solar chargers covers no new ground. A basic Google search offers more on the topic. You can fast forward to the next question about cold weather gear.

The clothing gear review focuses on the 7-layer PCU (Protective Combat Uniform) layering system. Based on mission, temperature, and moisture, the PCU guides you to proper layering combinations.

It’s all about keeping you both dry (clothing that wick away sweat and moisture) and comfortably warm.

The final video segment deals with basic lock picking tools. Fun and interesting. Watch.

One last thing. With a quick search I was able to find a version of the Protective Combat Uniform II Visual User Guide. If you know of a free or cheaper one, please let us know in the comments below.



Source:  The ITS Crew led by Bryan Black always provides both knowledgeable and insightful gear reviews. Follow them.

Image:  Soldier Systems

10 Essential Survival Skills

Essential Skills Needed To Survive

Doomsday today, tomorrow, or not in your lifetime … regardless, everyone should at least be aware that certain skills are essential for basic survival.

This short post lists ten (or is it eleven) essential survival skills you should start to hone including first aid, shelter, and something to do with insects (toward the end of the post).

And, as always, Learn, Practice, and Share.

Almost each year, there are rumors about the end of the world and prognosis on when it is going to happen. Repeatedly again, these rumors fail and everyone forgets about it until next time.

Nevertheless, it is important to be prepared for anything in general and doomsday to come in particular. To be prepared means to obtain certain knowledge upon this matter, knowledge and skills.

It is similar to being able to give the first aid and have a medicine box with you. Speaking of the TV-series, it might be useful to watch some to get oneself ready and see for oneself what might be in use under circumstances like those.

In addition, you will be able to offer your medical help in exchange for food or else. To give the first aid is one of the essential skills you will need to survive yourself and to help others.

beach storm

Survival Skills On Doomsday Beach

Among the rest, to be able to start a fire, to know at least a few ways how to do that, to build a shelter, to hunt, to get clean drinkable water, to gather food, speaking of which it is important to know which mushrooms and berries are edible, for instance.

Along with hunting, one should know how to create traps and how to cook right to avoid diseases and bacteria ….

Source:  You can read the rest of the Melisa Marzett post on The Doomsday Moose, including the part about bugs.

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