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Which Wild Plants Are Edible?

Knowing several wild plants that are edible could make any trip into the wild or any backpacking trip much more enjoyable.

By eating wild berries each morning, you could leave other foods behind, allowing you to pack lighter. Fight other animals if you must to fill yourself with blueberries. Having to carry less weight will make your back feel a lot better.

You will also enjoy backpacking even more, if you know that losing your backpack won’t make you completely helpless, or if a playful raccoon chooses to empty it out for you. There is no need to be a professional survivalist to realize how valuable it would be to know which wild plants are edible.

A lot of people regularly eat pine nuts, dandelions and wild currants. Tons of calories can be found within wild raspberries during any hike. When on islands, you can fill your stomach with wild blueberries. Foraging for berries can easily help anybody in surviving any trip.

Here are several wild berries that are edible on hikes: blueberries, blackberries, currants, high bush cranberries, raspberries, rose hips, service berries, strawberries, and thimbleberries. Berries are highly convenient, as well as high in calories and nutrition compared to other existing wild plants that are edible. They also happen to be the easiest ones to identify.

If you happen to travel to isolated areas in the wilderness, knowing how to identify several wild plants that are edible could also keep you very safe.  You might get injured or lost someday, or perhaps a bear might push you away to fill itself with the freeze-dried meals you decided to bring. No matter what the survival situation, eating would not be top priority (drinking and keeping warm are); however, piles of roasted cattail hearts could easily warm and cheer you up. Plus, they taste good!

Refrain from eating protected plants, naturally, unless the situation really depends on life or death. Do not eat any beautiful flowers, either, or kill lilies by bulb-eating. Use your common sense. Just keep eating berries, if you are unsure on whether you are causing any harm.

If you’d like to take things even further, keep a look out for some books that focus on wild food harvesting. There is no need to turn into a wilderness survival fanatic, but you should learn how to recognize dozens of abundant, high-calorie wild plants that are edible in order to become safer in the wild and enjoy the experience more.

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