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Edible Wild Plants You Can Eat To Survive

edible wild plants

 

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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Packing Tips For Hikers

packing tips for hikers

Hiking is an exciting and enjoyable outdoor activity, but it can also be challenging. Packing appropriately will help to ensure that your trip is a success. If you’re wondering how to pack for your next hiking trip, just follow the tips below.

1. Choose an appropriate backpack.

Pack all of the items you need for your trip in a backpack that fits well, is designed for hikers and is easy for you to carry. Keep in mind that the backpack will be with you throughout the trip, so choose one that is both sturdy and comfortable.

2. Figure out what you need.

Taking the right supplies with you is essential to the success of your trip. Depending on the weather and the nature of your trip, you may need food, cooking gear designed for camping, a camera, water, map, compass, tent, sleeping bag, medicine, extra clothes, fire-starting supplies and a first aid kit.

3. Know how to pack your backpack.

One of the most important packing tips for hikers is not to pack a backpack that is too heavy. Even if it’s possible to carry a heavy backpack around for a few minutes at home, you will tire quickly if you try to carry too much on a hike. Take only those items you will need for the trip, and pack dehydrated meals if possible to save space and reduce overall weight.

If you pack everything you want to take and your backpack is still too heavy, ask yourself what you can live without and leave it behind. You can also reduce the backpack’s weight by purchasing lightweight supplies designed for hikers, such as lightweight sleeping bags or tents.

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