Knowing what wild plants are edible when exploring the outdoors can turn out to be a lifesaver in certain situations. There are numerous edible wild plants that can be consumed safely – the problem is knowing which plants are actually safe. Here are some of the more common edible plants in the wild.
Wild Plants You Can Eat In The Woods
- Asparagus – This plant is quite a bit longer and skinnier than the grocery store variety, but it can be found in many different places, including North America, Europe and North Africa. It can be eaten raw or cooked in boiling water for a nutritious meal.
- Cattail – This distinctive plant is usually found near standing water, with its long stalks sticking up far above the waterline. Native Americans used cattail for food quite often, eating the roots, the softer white part of the stem and even the bushy flower at the top – which can be eaten when it is still soft in the early summer.
- Clovers – Clovers grow abundantly in open areas and are edible – although they tend to taste better boiled than they do raw.
- Chickweed – Chickweed can be found in both arctic areas and temperate areas. Small white flowers will distinguish the plant in the spring to early summer. The leaves of the plant can be consumed boiled or raw.
- Conifer – In the spring conifers will begin generating new growth in the form of shoots, soft and lightly colored extensions at the tip of each branch. These shoots can be eaten raw.
- Wild Grapes – Wild grapes grow all across the U.S. and can make for a delicious meal. It is best to become familiar with the grapes in the area one will be exploring to avoid eating something unpleasant or dangerous.
- Berries – There are a number of berries that can be found on different bushes outdoors, including blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and huckleberries. Berries are a great source of food and can be easily identified once one knows what to look for. One should be careful when harvesting blackberries or raspberries, however, as the plants are quite thorny.
Practice and Preparation
The best way to be prepared for an outdoor adventure is to practice finding edible plants beforehand – when one is not starving and desperate. Eating random plants can be dangerous and potentially deadly.
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