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I’ll never forget this age-old adage: Knowledge is Power. It’s very essential for survival.
Here are the main things that you have to take note of when it comes to survival: Food, Water, Shelter and Fire.
How will you eat if you are stranded or taking refuge in the wilderness? History has shown that although many people live in times of security, others are not so fortunate. Even stable, developed nations can in theory descend into chaos – and this is known to survivalists as a “SHTF” (**** hits the fan) scenario. And then of course, there are many, many people in the world who live directly from the land and for whom finding, hunting or growing their own food is still an immediate priority.
The majority of people in the urbanized west aren’t equipped with the skills of hunting for animals. Aside from hunting, you can also forage – look around the area for any plants that you can use as a source of food. Many people’s experience of foraging extends about as far as blackberry picking – but you can actually munch on certain types of weeds – and if you are a real expert, you can find all manner of edible plants, giving you a great advantage in a survival scenario.
Take note, however, that not all plants are suitable for eating – and some can even contain powerful toxins that can be fatal for you. So you really need to know what you are doing and not take risks with plants that are not absolutely identified. In other words, do not try this unless you are under the guidance of a real expert or you absolutely know what you are doing.
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We found a great video from EatTheWeeds that will show you some edible wild plants that are essential for survival. It’s important that you familiarize yourself first with plants that are common in your region. If you are going on a trip to another place, search for any plants that are prominent in that area. Take clear, colored pictures of these plants and have them laminated. Keep them in a waterproof, airtight plastic container so that it will serve as reference. Another way to familiarize yourselves with these edible plants is to ask a local expert.
As a general baseline rule – avoid eating plants that have these characteristics:
1) Discolored or milky sap
2) Thorns, spines or fine hairs
3) Beans, bulbs or seeds that are inside pods
4) Bitter or soapy taste
5) Foliage like that of dill, carrot, parsnip or parsley
6) Grain heads that have black, purplish or pink spurs
7) An almond-like scent in leaves or woody stems
8) A three-leaved growth pattern.
These are the first things that you have to keep in mind if you aren’t familiar with a plant. You should also absolutely avoid any unidentified fungus – and identification can in some cases be even more complex, requiring great expertise.
There are some plants which require boiling to help remove any toxic substances. Throw away the water that these plants are boiled in because it can make you sick if you drink it.
You will have an increased chance of survival if you are equipped with all of the essential knowledge.
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