Harvesting wild rice on the wilderness lakes of northern Minnesota nourishes my soul and spirit long before I sit down with family and friends to enjoy this tasty, nutritious native food.
Often underrated, medicinal plants play an essential role in curing minor health issues, but not only that. In fact, the healing plants you can forage could help prevent major health distress, providing you with the possibility to become your own doctor.
A wide variety of native herbs and medicinal plants flourish across North America, and there is a ready market for many of these wild botanicals. A few are easily found and just as easy to harvest, including mayapple, goldenseal, bloodroot, black cohosh, and common boneset.
Back in the old days, the native people of North America used various plants to obtain the needed sugar for their diets. With the arrival of the first settlers, a few of the plants the American Indians used become very popular, and they stay so throughout the years, now being sold commercially.
As the first long hunters and early settlers explored and tamed this country, they fit the very definition of the term, “hunter-gatherer.” Absent were cultivated crops or convenient trading posts at which a person could obtain needed supplies. These early settlers killed and foraged for just about all the food they consumed.
In late summer and early autumn is the best time of the year to forage for some tasty berries. The best berries listed in this article are easy to spot, often grow in quantity, and are easy to collect. Since these are the best berries you can get your hands on, expect a lot of competition.
When survival foraging is on my “TO DO” list for the week, I often referred to, what I call a rule of fair foraging, “Reap where you did not sow, but only if it would otherwise go unused unless you take it?” And it’s amazing how much goes unused . . . especially in community gardens.
The thistle has a bad reputation, almost everyone is familiar with it and its prickles, a number one characteristic. Livestock owners hate it because very few domesticated animals will feed upon the plant. Thistles are despised herbs, regarded as a noxious weed by farmers. However, the way I see it, the thistle is a wonderful plant with many useful treats for preppers and homesteaders.
For the death-dyers outdoors enthusiasts there’s a thing called “wild mushrooms roulette.” It’s similar to the Russian roulette, and both are played much the same, and both are equally dangerous. Learning to tell the difference between edible and poisonous wild mushrooms will help you score some food in the wild, and you won’t have to try your luck with the abovementioned game.
Up and down the roadsides, along fence rows of pastures and farms, and in the woodlands of the southern United States grows the toothache tree. It is a small tree or large shrub with beneficial medicinal properties.
In the old days, the pioneers managed to sustain themselves by foraging and by hunting. Gathering wild edible roots from their natural environment was perhaps the only thing that helped them survive the winters when the crops failed. As you saw in the first part of this article, there are quite a few wild edible roots that can provide you with proper nourishment during an emergency situation.
Wild edible roots, tubers or rhizomes have been the staple of many cultures throughout history. The United States too, would be lost without potatoes. The following wild edible roots will assure your survival if you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness.
We can all agree that life in the concrete jungle is not easy. However, it will become almost impossible during a prolonged crisis. Once the cities become cannibalized of resources, your chances of survival will get thinner. One of you choices besides scavenging will be to look for edibles in the city. Weeds are your primary choices and here is what you should be looking for.