Eight Edible Plants for Wilderness Survival

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.


amaranthAma­ranth
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.


burdockBur­dock
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.


cattailCat­tail
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.


cloverClovers
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.


chicoryChico­ry
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.


dandelionDan­de­lion
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!


pennycressPen­ny­cress
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!


seaweedEdi­ble Seaweeds
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.