Learning The Art Of Foraging

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Food and water are essential elements for survival but circumstances outside your control could separate you from your supplies. If this happens in the wilderness, foraging and/or hunting for food are the best options you have. In simple terms, foraging is simply searching for wild food. However, depending on the circumstances the act of foraging could be dangerous simply due to the fact that numerous plants are toxic to humans. Learning to identify which plants are safe and which are is an important skill to develop.

As a first rule, never pick plants close to roadways, polluted waterways, croplands or any other place where chemical sprays, fumes or other pollutants could have contaminated them. Also, never eat a plant that looks unhealthy, or one that you can’t identify. You can begin your preparations by buying a foraging guide such as Mabey’s “Food For Free” that has clear photos and detailed descriptions of edible plants. The descriptions should also contain information about any deadly look-alike plants.

If you are in a genuine survival emergency and you can’t find the plant in the book, you can perform the “Universal Edibility Test”. Do the following:

1. Separate the plant into its basic parts. These include the leaves, roots, stems, buds and flowers. While doing this, examine it closely for molds, fungus, insects and other pests.

2. Crush the plant material and rub on a separate part of your skin. Patience is key in this step as you will need to wait at least eight hours to determine if you develop a negative reaction. If you do experience a bad reaction, consider the plant inedible. If your plant passes this test, continue to the next step.

3. Hold the plant to your lips for up to three minutes. If there is no sensation such as itching, burning, or tingling, then proceed to the next step.

4. Taste a small portion of the plant by placing it on your tongue for up to fifteen minutes. Any unexpected and uncomfortable sensations are an indication that you should spit it out immediately.

5. Slowly chew the plant in your mouth and without swallowing, hold it in your mouth for another fifteen minutes. Remain alert for negative signs. If, after all of these steps, you experience no ill effects, the final test is to swallow the sample that is in your mouth.

Always remember that each part of the plant can have different results so don’t assume that because one part of the plant is safe that the rest would be as well. Each part of the plant needs to be tested separately. Foraging is only difficult if you are not sure what you are looking for. With most survival skills it is best to learn as many details as possible before you need to use them.

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