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How many times have you seen a plant or a flower and are unsure of what it is? I know I have.
In fact, I normally get really mad at my self because by my age I thought I would know quite a lot of them. Even with extensive studying of plants and foraging, you will still encounter plants you are unsure of.
There are also dangerous lookalikes that can make identifying plants even harder! Some lookalikes can even be deadly, depending on the plant. So it’s important that we
Plant ID Apps
I found an app that you can download to your iPhone or Android device which can identify plants by working with images from a huge database collected through Plant Net users help to identify and add information about the quality of images and plants.
This app may just save your life if you find yourself lost in the wilderness. Imagine seeing berries not knowing if you can eat them, this app may just be your saving grace. I downloaded it and got great results.
The best resources of them all is a good field guide. The Peterson’s Field Guides are some of the very best and they have one that is built specifically for wild edibles.
A small field guide can be carried in your pocket or backpack and referred to when you come across that hard to identify a plant.
Another means of learning your wild edibles is to look at attending some foraging classes. These classes are hands-on experience with an expert. You can ask questions and learn about preparations when you have an expert with you.
It takes a lot of consistent practice and eating of these wild edibles to become an expert but that is well within your grasp.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.