Skip to comments.The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants That May Just Save Your Life
Posted on 07/26/2014 10:24:00 AM PDT by blam
Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life?
If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives.
Throughout this week and part of the next, Ill be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants. For now though, heres a quick overview into what they have to offer:
Surprising to many is the fact that you can eat grass. Despite there being hundreds of varieties of bladed grass found in the Americas, almost all (99% of them) can be eaten. This ranges from wheat, oats, and bamboo to the wild meadow varieties.
The young shoots up to 6 inches tall can be eaten raw and the starchy base (usually white and at the bottom when you pluck it) can be eaten as a trail nibble. The more mature the grass plant gets, the more fibrous the plant becomes. For older plants the base can be chewed and spit out; extracting the beneficial juices in the process. Or a tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves.
The best part of the grass plant to eat are the seed heads, which can be gathered to make millet for breads or filler for soups & stews. Of the 99% that can be eaten raw, .
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I have a gooseberry bush. I’m trying to think of something to do with them. My family likes gooseberry pie.
But where is the Walnut bark that Hugh Gibbons was so fond of?/s
A liberal lawyer was driving in the country when he saw a man out in a field eating grass. The lawyer stopped and asked him why. The man replied that due to the Obama economy all the jobs had dried up and this was how he stayed alive. The lawyer offered to take him home but the man said he had a family that was ‘grazing’ over the hill out of sight. The lawyer gathered them all together and put them in his car and brought them home. On the way home, the man told the lawyer how much he appreciated the help in their time of trouble. The lawyer said, “Happy to help out, and you will like my place. The grass is over a foot tall!”
“Reminds me of wild hickory nuts.”
I can’t hear or read the word Elderberry without thinking of Arsenic and Old Lace! Sorry I know it’s off topic, but then that’s how brain works.
“Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.”
I’ll have to share that with my liberal-leaning brother in law from Chicago.
Excellent taste but to hard to crack.
Don't plant your garden until the Hickory Tree sprouts in the spring.
The Johnny Carson parodies of the Euell Gibbons commercials were classic.
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Nicely done, Twinky! :)
In the Fall, my yard is covered with acorns. I think I’ll take a whack at making acorn bread this year.
I bet the Grape Nuts folks weren’t too thrilled when Euell died in ‘75.
Elderberry wine?! My mouth is watering!
In Apicius, there is frequent mention of laser (sylphium in Greek) as an ingredient. "Worth it's weight in siver" to the extent that the wild North African plant was harvested to extinction.
Granted, less of a chance of grasses coming to that end, but ... "Don't eat the grass" could be more prevalent with BHO running amuck and Reid's BLM following suit.
Yes, that is good, but usually needs quite a bit of sugar, unless the berries are very ripe.
Thanks. I made a copy for my files.
There was a spike in "pine nut syndrome" (metallogeusia) that could last up to two weeks after partaking of a plant that "may just save your life".
Had a trucker once ask if he could have the polk plant out behind our dumpster at work. He said it was the biggest he’d ever seen and explained how great they were par boiled with some catfish. It was eight feet tall. I let him take it. Can’t imagine what it tasted like seeing as how we all had watered it with gallons of consumed beer urine all summer long.
Always remember, while Twinkys are edible,
over indulgence may result in bloating, gas,
and the so named “Twinky breath”.
Fortunately no Twinky overdose has resulted
in death so just be careful.
Twinkies have natural ingredients that prolong storage,
however green or wormy twinkies should never be eaten
except in extreme emergencies,
such as Zombie invasions and democrat caucases.
Twinkies often form the beginnings of the “love” ritual
as they naturally form into two easily divided portions.
Couples should exhibit extra caution during the “love”
ritual to make sure that the Twinky is divided EVENLY,
as uneven distribution may result in resentment and even
hostility until one partner or the other is placated with
Q; WHy do laywers wear neck ties?..
A; To keep the foreskin down..
This particular girl was about 21 or so and died within months of secretly being interviewed by a British reporter. Apparently of starvation.
I have never been able to grow twinkies.
“Hi, I’m Euell Gibbons. Have you met my dog, Wild Hickory?”
That is because overdoses are averted only because the subjects who attempt it "zone out" and start counting the stars in the room before injesting enough to kill them.
Young poke weed is sometimes eaten- but when it gets big it is a very bad idea.
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Prickly pear fruit is edible, but it’ll bind you.
Probably not providing a germ free environment.
The best way to start new twinkies, is to place
the remains of the starchy cardboard base in a
cool and sterile container, in no time at all
you will find more cardboard like bases accumulating
until finally one happy day full grown Twinkies will
appear as if by magic.
Hi, Im Euell Gibbons. Have you met my dog, Wild Hickory?
Don’t eat the grass.
We have all 4 of these plants on our property plus many many pecan trees and dew berry bushes. I pray to God that I don’t have to eat any of those, except pecans and dew berries.
lets all go camping, you never had it so good its great getting back to nature, out here in the woods...
Especially since some people such as I for instance have a small irritation develop whenever I have to work on the lawn and therefore would not consider even trying to consume any part of it.
Lettuce and Tomatos are more what I prefer.
There was a thread about this yesterday and someone posted a link to a forager site. It talked about real grasses one might find in their own yard in Texas and the southwest.
Thanks. I’ll take a look.
I don't know about that, every time my cat eats grass she ends up puking on my carpet.....
Wild oats are just about everywhere I go, growing as weeds by the side of the road.
As far as your average lawn is concerned, I would have liked to know how exactly one could consider that edible?
You probably won't be able to digest the grass in your front lawn, but if you let it go long enough something edible might turn up there. Check in a book first, though.
Heck, that's what my Dad ate when he was growing up.....Right before he walked ten miles to school, in the snow, with bare feet, uphill (both ways).
I made acorn bread about 30 years ago. Lot of work. I remember having to “leach” the bitterness out of the acorns.
I never tried it, but read somewhere (long before google) that a tea or tisane can be made from staghorn sumac not to be confused with poison sumac, totally different plants. One is more of a tree and the other a bush. I just looked it up on google and it’s called Indian Lemonade or Tea.
Not here, unless I am missing something. Here we have several varieties of pine and some oak trees, along with the occasional dogwood trees. Sometimes, rarely, you can find some wild apple trees or blackberry bushes, and the only thing that grows on lawns that might be slightly edible is dandelions -although I have never tried. Since I always get a slight rash whenever I work on the lawn and trimmings, I do not think I should take a chance that dandelions might fare any better in regards to personal health.
More detailed information on exactly how to subsist on pine products might be helpful, however, since I do not know personally anyone who harvests them for eating. Mostly mature trees for the lumber, younger pines for the seasonal Christmas Trees, and pine needles for good firestarting stock.
Bananas are worthless. Once you skin them, and throw away the bone, there’s nothing left!
I can’t recall who said that. Some comic? Redd Foxx?
Euell "Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible" Gibbons.
He died shortly after making the Grape Nuts commercial that made him famous. The joke was that he choked on a pine cone.
That was almost forty years ago. This makes me feel really, really old all of a sudden.
You’re not the only one. I remember Funny ‘n Glare (Sonny and Cher, for those of you who never read Mad Magazine) did a short spoof of his GrapeNuts commercial that had him repeating the “You ever et a pine cone?” line in it.