Surviving in the wilderness can be tricky, especially when it comes to food. You’ve scarfed down your last tasty granola bar and 20 minutes later your stomach is starting to talk again. How about some salad? Here are 8 edible plants for wilderness survival.
This edible weed is native to the Americas and all parts can be consumed — just be conscientious of small spines that sometimes grow on its leaves. It’s recommended that you boil the leaves to remove oxalic acid and nitrates found throughout, but feel free to gobble it raw if need be.
Found mainly in the Eastern Hemisphere, this bitter-tasting plant can get quite large in size. Besides feasting on the leaves, you can peel and eat the stalk as well.
These wetland plants are common in North America, making them a prime choice for a quick snack in the wild. Consume the rootstock after boiling it or you can munch it raw.
Pull them up by the handful — clovers are clustered in thick patches and are easy to chew and swallow for a vital pick-me-up. If you’re feeling fancy, try boiling the lucky little guys.
Don’t worry about wasting with this plant — everything can be eaten. Boil the leaves and roots for a tasty stew or snack on the lavender and blue flowers.
Make a wish and scarf it down because every part of this plant is edible. Boil or eat it raw — you can even drink the boiled dandelion water as a nutritious, natural tea!
This common plant grows worldwide, making it the perfect survival companion. Make sure to survey the soil that pennycress calls home though, because it sucks up any minerals around it- even the bad minerals. Don’t eat this plant if it is growing on the side of the road!
There are a lot of types of edible seaweeds — which technically, are an algae. What is in abundance though, is nutrient rich seaweed. Rinse it off in fresh water and let it dry for a healthy snack to keep you energized under a hot, salty sun.