Wild Edibles Test
This weeks Survival Saturday will be about a great way to identify if a plant is edible or not. I can’t stress enough how important this is in a survival situation. Most people only know how to identify our standard fruit and veggies which when you’re in a survival situation you probably won’t find. Knowing this information can be the difference between life and death. So let’s dive right in!
I’d like to start off by saying even if you are unprepared and cannot find food, depending on your activity level, the human body can go for days without food, and you’re better off being hungry than being poisoned. There’s a test you can do that’s a lot better than just eating a plant then finding out later if it’s good to eat or not. Before you choose a plant to test you want to make sure that there’s a lot of it. You don’t want to do a test and risk getting sick if there’s not a sufficient amount.
For the test you want to break the plant into sections: Leaves, stems, and buds. We do this because only certain parts of plants can be poisonous while others aren’t. Rub a piece of the plant on the inside of your elbow or wrist. Leave it for about 10 to 15 minutes if you feel any irritation obviously don’t continue the tests. If it passes that test you can move on to the second test which is the most dangerous. You have to break another piece of the plant but this time put it in your mouth and move it around for a little while then spit everything out, again wait 15 minutes. If there’s no reaction it’s not 100% free off being bad for you but this truly brings the odds of you getting sick down by a ton!
Some plants to avoid include:
– Spines, fine hairs, and thorns
– Milky or discolored sap
– Bitter or soapy taste
– Bean, bulbs, or seeds inside pods
I find it useful to do some research on wild edibles in your area just so you know what to look for. It’s a lot easier to remember a select few in your area, than a whole book of the wild edibles of the world. If you’re planning a trip this is also a great idea especially if you’re going to be camping or out in the wilderness you can search before going and familiarize yourself with those wild edibles as well. I didn’t go into much detail but I gave you enough info to know what you’re doing, if anyone would like to hear more about this topic feel free to let me know and I will be sure to revisit it!
Thanks for checking this out and have a wonderful day!
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