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A couple of weeks ago a student asked me why I was not teaching survival skills anymore. I told him I still was, it’s just that my current survival skills are adapted to my environment which is full of people.
Here are ten of the common wild foods (or wild food families) that are widespread throughout North America, and in most cases, throughout the world. These are some of the wild foods that I use the most often, and they are some of the easiest to learn to identify.
We’ve all heard it: The true prophet is never accepted by his own people. By some strange quirk of human nature, we tend to think that only something from a faraway country can be of the greatest value. This blindness also affects us when it comes to herbs and nutrition.
When we have guests over for dinner, we usually like to start with a salad. As the salad is placed on the table, new guests will often query, "Gee, that looks so nice, but what is it?" Our salads don't often look like ordinary salads presented at your normal table and is often full of color. Yet the contents are rarely identifiable by the ordinary observer. I will usually retort, "Just weeds... Wait till the main course, we will probably have more."
In our area, New York, April is normally the time to harvest the Fiddleheads from the Ostrich Fern.
Asiatic Dayflower is a spiderwort and is an erect or reclining 3-petaled plant. Although we eat a lot of wild edibles this is one of our favorite steamed.