Wilderness Survival Food
Some food found in the wilderness, either plant, animal, or insect, might cause an "Ew!!! That's Gross!!" reaction but, to stay alive, you may find yourself eating (even enjoying) some wild delicacies.
If you find yourself in a survival situation and you are prepared by having a supply of food in your survival kit, save this as a last resort. Start scavenging immediately and save your prepackaged food for when those wild survival delicacies are elusive or hard to find.
Plants to avoid:
Anything with an almond scent
Plants with a milky sap
Shiny/glossy leaf plants i.e. poison oak
Plants with umbrella shaped flowers
Fungi, unless you are absolutely sure of your wild mushrooms
You can begin learning about wilderness survival foods by learning to
identify edible wild plants, some of them referred to as weeds, in your neighborhood. (Cities included) As you learn them, expand your territory in search of different ones. You will soon have a large repertoire of free food to choose from.
As with so many other things, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, we all know that, although the dandelion has milky sap, all parts of this plant are edible.
Unless you definitely recognize any wild plant, research it for its food value or medicinal properties. If you are in a survival situation, you may need to perform a 'universal edibility test'. (Just because you recognize a plant, it does not mean that any or all parts of it are edible.)
There are some very tasty plants growing in the forest. We will begin our wilderness survival food explorations with the incredible Wild Leeks aka Ramps.
Learn to recognize obvious harmful plants such as: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac as well as any plant you have a known allergy to.
In a survival situation, staying alive is much more important than what animal happens to be in legal hunting season. The high protein in meat and poultry, aside from being more palatable than creepy crawlies, is
your fastest way to physical strength and endurance. Vegetarians and Vegans have made a study of other sources for their protein which if you don't get right, will upset your body's healthy balance.
Bugs as Wilderness Survival Food
Did you ever think that when you were swatting that mosquito on your neck that he could be your lunch instead of you being his? All insects are edible and have a host of differing flavors.
Ants tend to be bitter and acidic but work well as a spice in stews
Flying insects such as mosquitoes, gnats, dragonflies, crickets and grasshoppers are almost pure protein, an excellent source of wilderness survival food.
We suggest you don't eat flies as they eat carrion and other waste products and are spreaders of disease.
Grubs ("Ew" !!!) are almost pure protein. The upside is, it doesn't take many to keep your strength up.
Mother Nature will provide survival food in the wilderness, but you must be ever vigilant. She does not tolerate mistakes well. We suggest you print a copy of the Universal Edibility Test to stash in your survival kit.
We at wildernessfolk.com do not make any warranties as to the safety of consuming any wild foods and accept no liability or responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of any wild plants. If you have any doubts whatsoever about the identification of any wild plant or mushroom, don't eat it!