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Lambs Quarters (pigweed, goosefoot, wild spinach) is seen by most people as a common weed. They don’t realize that it is a tasty and nutritious green vegetable that can be enjoyed, free for the picking. Lambs quarter, is sometimes referred to as goosefoot because of the shape of its leaves. Like any edible wild plant don’t eat it unless you are positive of its identification. Be sure it has not been exposed to chemical sprays or pollution, especially if it is alongside the road.
The leaves and stems are edible and delicious. They have a flavor similar to spinach or chard. …Read More...
The 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. …Read More...
I 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.…Read More...