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Emergency Foods from Wild Plants

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Many people start learning about wild foods from common field guides focused on the subject. There are often plants mentioned as wild foods that are not abundant enough to supply much of a harvest (such as Spring Beauties, or Fairy Potatoes), not nutritionally rich enough to offer much to survival situations (such as the many greens, which have few calories), are not very tasty (such as bitters like Dandelion), or are difficult to harvest and prepare (such as tree bark). Further, the limited season of many nutritious edibles (like Cattail pollen and acorns) keeps them unavailable for much of the year. The forager naturally sorts through plants as he learns about them, more-or-less forgetting many while focusing on the “choice” edibles. (Mushroom hunters in particular refer to the best edibles as “choice”.)
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