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The Useful cattail

cattailThe cattail is one of the most important and common wild foods.  It is found throughout North America, generally in an around ditches, ponds, swamps, lakes, rivers and marshlands.  It has a variety of uses at different times of the year.

Cattails are tall, stiff plants, growing about six feet tall.  The leaves look like giant blades of grass, about one inch wide.  The flower has two parts; a brown fuzzy cylinder (the female part), and a yellow spike (the male part).

The cattail has many uses.  The roots, young shoots, seed heads, and pollen are all edible.  The roots can be eaten all year long. …

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Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles grow throughout most of the United States.  They are common and easy to identify.  When you go to pick them wear a long sleeve shirt and longs pants and have a good pair of gloves.

Stinging nettles have a flavor similar to spinach when cooked.  They are rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium.  Young plants were harvested by Native Americans and used as a cooked plant in spring when other food plants were scarce.  In some areas, they appear as early as January.

Soaking nettles in water or cooking will remove the stinging chemicals from the plant, which allows them to be handled and eaten without incidence of stinging.  …

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A Review of the Book Nature Bound Pocket Field Guide

Nature Bound Pocket Field GuideI found a little book that I really like that just fits in your bug out bag. It is called the Nature Bound Pocket Field Guide. The book appears to be currently out of print, but is available through the used book market at reasonable prices. It has over 300 pages and measures 4 ½ x 5 inches.

This field guide has sections on fire, shelter, windchill, water, gathering food and many other things. There is a large section on edible plants with good pictures, descriptions and information on preparation and other uses. The section on poisonous plants includes pictures, symptoms and some treatment information.…

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