Survival Foods In The Wilderness

Learn what foods to eat for survival in the wildreness.

You're in the wilderness and a worse case scenario becomes a reality; you're lost. Let's make it even more harrowing: you have very little, or no, food.

What do you do?

Food is readily available in the wilderness areas if you know what to look for. Most of us have a hard time thinking about being hungry in the wild with no rescue in sight but if you take to any wilderness area these following tips will save your life.

First you should always have a small packable book detailing edible plants with you. This book should contain pictures of many plants that you can use for easily identifying plants and bulbs that will be edible and not poisonous. This small book should be available at any sporting goods store. In other words, how can you eat it with no way to identify it?

Never take a chance in the wilderness and eat a plant that you are not one hundred percent sure is edible.The effects of your decision can mean grave illness, hallucinations, kidney failure and even death if a mistake is made in this area. Always know what you are eating.

Depending on your activities, you can actually go without food for several weeks, although you should always remember to have adequate water for hydration available. You can die without water in as little as three days, but it takes some time to literally starve to death.

If you are short of drinking water limit the amount of food that you eat, and also limit it to as much sugars, starches and vegetation as possible. It takes three times the amount of water to digest proteins compared to starches and vegetation.

Gathering of edible plants allow you not only nutrition but many plants also carry subsantial amounts of water. Be sure to gather all your greens in the morning before the sun comes out fully because the sun will strip these green plants of nutritents.

Some of these edible greens include Braken Ferns, Clover, Dandelions, and almost all grasses that are seed bearing are edible.

The list of green edible plants is vast so consult your book if in doubt.

Many berries can be found at any elevation that are edible. Some of the edible berries are elderberry, cranberry, currants and gooseberry. Again I must suggest that you always consult your book and make sure that you are familiar with your choices in the wild because some of the berries are somewhat different in appearance. For instance, wild cranberries are much darker that commercial berries and do not grow in the traditional bogs.

DO NOT eat mushrooms. Why take the chance at all? Do Not eat any plant with milky sap unless you know for sure that it is edible. Some exceptions are wild figs and dandelions.

Teas can also be made easily from pine needles which are always available in any elevation. Look for Fir, Pine, and Spruce because these particularly contain high amounts of absorbic acid which is an essential nutrient that will help prevent scurvy and other bone debilitating disease. Scurvy can happen quickly so always drink as much natural tea as possible.

Always remember, avoid shellfish, although sea urchin like starfish are edible anytime. Most shellfish have certain times of the year they are good, other times they emit toxins that can make them deadly. Starfish and other urchins can be split open and the insides and eggs should be removed and eaten.

All fur bearing animals are edible.

All birds are edible with no exceptions.

Grubs found in rotten logs are edible.

Snails can also be eaten once boiled sufficently .

The inner bark of trees such as Poplar, Willows, Birches and Conifers are also edible as well as chock full of nutrients.

Learning what you can and can not eat in the wilderness may come in handy some day and as the Boy Scouts say , "Always Be Prepared."

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