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What if you get LOST?  Wild Foods may be your Only Emergency Relief in Outdoor Survival.  Why learn about Wild Foods

C. Jeff Dyrek, Webmaster at the Kenai Peninsula Alaska. Oct 2006

C. Jeff Dyrek, Survival Guide

If you get lost in the woods, learning about wild foods may be your last resort in emergency outdoor survival, learn from the experts.

Getting lost in the outdoors can become very critical in just one instance.  You can think you are going the right direction and the next thing you know, you're lost.  This is why wilderness survival and outdoor survival skills are so important.  Emergency survival happens when you are least prepared, so the best defense to protect your own life is learning emergency survival in every aspect that is possible.  Believe me, it's easier to get lost in the woods than you think and it always happens when you least expect it.

This is my own personal study list.  I may be wrong on some of these edible and medicinal plants, so be sure to read a lot of other pages about these edible wild plants and consult with a local expert before you ever eat any of them.

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Alsike Clover
Bermuda Grass
Bind Weeds
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Bishops goutweed
Black Currant
Black Medick
Bush vetch
Butterfly Bush
Californian Thistle
Canadian Thistle
Chewings Fescue
Christmas Cactus
Common vetch
Cow parsley
Creeing Bell-Flower
Creeping Thistle
Crested Dogstail
Crimson Clover
Day Lillies
English Daisy
European Wood Strawberry
Field Pansy
Flowering Maple
Garden Sage
Goats Beard
Ground elder
Hawkbits & Cat's-ears
Hedge Mustard
Hoary Plantain
Johnny Jump-up
Kentucky Bluegrass
Ice Plants
Italian Ryegrass
Ladys Mantle
Marsh Mallow
Meadow Fescue
Meadow Sage
Orchard grass
Peacock Poppy
Perennial Ryegrass
Pot Marigold
Pickly Pear
Purple Deadnettle
Purple Loosestrife
Reed Fescue
Red Clover
Rough Hawkbit
Shepherds purse
Sweet Potato
Tall oat grass
Velvet Grass
White Clover
White Deadnettle
White Dutch clover
Wild carrot
Wild Rose
Wild Rosemary
Yellow Bedstraw



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Green Deane talks about the types of foods that you may find in your own backyard that can be used as edible foods.


Daniel Vitalis Interviews Wild Food Expert Arthur Haines 2 of 6 Processed foods are not always what you would think as terms of commercially processed foods.  Food processing is absolutely necessary for the extraction of food nutrition so that we are able to survive.  Some foods are dried, cooked, soaked, crushed and mixed with other foods and even crushed along with limestone to neutralize poisons, bad flavors or to make the nutrients to be able be assimilated by our digestive systems.

Also, look at the mortar and pestle that are used by Arthur Haines. This so much larger than what you would see in the kitchen or in the laboratory.  This is the size of mortar and pestle that you would need if you are to process foods for true survival.

From the Webmaster:  You have to remember that watching a TV program about a man surviving for a week is much different than real survival when you have to make the wilderness your home.  There are different types of tools that you will have to make or bring with you.  Storage of food is also a problem that you must overcome.  When you see the one week survivor, you have to realize that this is a guy that is in tremendous condition and can live for a week on less than minimum amounts of calories.  For real survival, you have to be able to find enough food so that you can eat the minimum amount so that you will not become weak and parish.  In a survival situation you will be pushed harder than you every have before so you will probably need at least four thousand to six thousand calories a day.  That's a lot of food. 

This is why food storage and processing are so important of a subject to learn about.  You will not be able to go out every day and catch your food for that day.  You will have all kinds of other survival chores as well as necessary rest periods, not to mention weather and seasonal problems.  This is why it's not only necessary to learn to identify your edible and poisonous foods, but, to learn to process your foods for long term storage.  C. Jeff Dyrek

Arthur Haines also talks about the nutrition density of wild, naturally grown foods and the hybrid, selectively genetically modified versions of as compared to the wild versions.  The wild foods have a higher nutrient density.  larger, fruits for example, would have less nutrition than the smaller, natural varieties of this fruit.

Health benefits of the natural foods are better because foods, such as wild rice, are higher in Omega 3 fatty acids ( Anti-Inflammatory fatty acids), by the order of magnitudes,  where the cultivated foods contain Omega 6 fatty acids (Pro-Inflammatory fatty acids)

Interview with Wild Foods Expert, Arthur Haines 3 of 6

Part of processing, Hickory Nuts shown here, is to increase the exposed surface area of the crushed foods so that leaching will more completely extract the nutrients from your wild foods.  This leaching produces a sort of milk from the extraction of the nutrients.

An example that Mr. Haines talks about is the Choke Cherry, a food who's pit contains poisonous chemicals that produce hydrocyannic acid.  Hydrocyanic acid, mixed in water is a colorless, highly poisonous, volatile liquid which smells like bitter almonds.  The hydrogen cyanide that is produced has a historically common name of Prussic acid.  The chemical formula is HCN.  Again, it is extremely poisonous.  Hydrogen cyanide boils at slightly above room temperature of about 79 degrees Fahrenheit or 36 degrees Celsius

Cyanide causes your blood not to absorb oxygen, and then you suffocate.  The toxicity of cyanide ion halts your cellular respiration caused by inhibiting an enzyme in the mitochondria called cytochrome c oxidase. 

Hydrocyannic acid comes from fruits that have pits.  This includes apples, apricots, bitter almonds, and cherries as well as other pitted fruits.  So, don't eat the pits unless you know how to properly process your food.  This is the reason that it is very important to listen to all of these videos.

Interviews Wild Food Expert, Arthur Haines 4 of 6  6 Minutes 47 Seconds.

Kombucha, the health benefits of this fermented beverage.  Also some information on the common St. John's Wort...  The Kombucha has health benefits.  Better Sleep, depression,  helps in fighting cancer - especially skin and breast cancer, for severe burns, anti viral, fighting influenza, and others.

Wild Rice, Daniel Vitalis Interviews Wild Food Expert Arthur Haines, 5 of 6

Talks about Wild Rice and introduces a new tool called the Rice Knocker. 

Part 6 of 6, More about wild rice.


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