Home » Survival » Finding edible food in the wild

0

When SHTF, there might come a time when you run out of food, or when you need to relocate from one area to another on foot where the amount of food you can carry is limited.  But there is a lot of food available in the wilderness, aside from the common ones most people think of.

Wild berries
While most people think of just blackberries, there are actually a lot of edible berries in every region.  Get familiar with what is and isn’t edible before SHTF, especially because many people will pass on berries since they won’t be able to identify what is safe and what isn’t.

Wild edible plants
A local hiking and camping group is a great way to get first hand knowledge of what wild plants are edible in your area.  There are also many different local hiking and camping books that also detail what is edible.  It is well worth the time to learn to identify then now, and then give yourself a refresher periodically.  Here is a large resource guide on edible wild plants.

Dandelions
While most people have probably heard of dandelion wine, all parts of the dandelion are edible and some parts have medicinal properties too.  For just about everything you could ever want to know about dandelions, Mother Earth News has a great article about them, although it might make you think twice about giving those dandelions the heave ho in your garden or lawn.

Bugs
Yes, I went there.  While the thought of eating a cricket might give you the heebie jeebies, just remember it is protein and there might be a day when you’d give anything to have a cricket.

Small game
Using snares and traps is great for catching small wildlife, especially if you do not want to draw attention to yourself by hunting with a gun.

Abandoned gardens
You will want to make sure they are well and truly abandoned, so this is a very high risk way.  But just as you might be forced to abandon a garden in one place when you head to your bug out location, others will have done the same.  Proceed with extreme caution.

Avoid mushrooms
Unless you are very VERY experienced with wild mushrooms, it is best to give these a pass.  Some deadly mushrooms look very similar to edible ones, so much so that every year you hear about at least one person accidentily being poisoned from mistaking a poisonous mushroom for an edible one.

It is well worth the time to become acquainted with all wild food sources

Leave a Reply