Survival Plant Qualifications
Food is obviously one of the main things we have to figure on having to survive. However, some disasters could literally wipe out your built up inventory or maybe just keep you from reaching it. (Think floods, storms, chemical spill evacuations, etc.)
It therefore seems logical to consider a few edible and nutritious wild plants, that would be available to you no matter where you may have to relocate. So, I decided to research some plants, that under an emergency situation, might be the best and easiest to harvest. These are the qualifications and we will consider a number of plants that will fit these qualifications as the months roll on.
Survival Plant Qualifications
1. Must be readily available or easily and quickly grown.
2. Must be easily identifiable and distinguishable from poisonous look a likes.
3. Must be nourishing, having as many vitamins and minerals as possible.
4. Must be edible raw or easily prepared under a survival situations.
Survival Plant #1
This amazing little plant is still grown in green houses in Europe and is chosen not only for the 4 points above, but highly prized for all of its medicinal benefits. So let’s quickly go over the 4 points and then go to an in depth coverage of this little flowering plant.
1. Availability – As mentioned it’s still grown in green houses in Europe and is said to have approx. 600 varieties, so is well represented around the world. Grows in sand to clay, from dry to wet soils, is very prolific and withstands temperatures to a minus 29 degrees F.. (Just that thought alone, makes me glad I’m in the Pac. N.W.)
2. Identifiable – It is unique enough in appearance to be easily recognized world wide and with evidently no known poisonous ‘look a likes’.
3. Nourishment? Does the comment “3 times the nourishment of any other plant” at least hint to the amount of vitamins and minerals that is in this plant and the benefits you can get from it? (I’m just trying to figure out why we are not all gorging out on it!) I found a site that sells it for only $467.00 per pound, that could slow ya down some!
4. Easily prepared – Evidently ever part of it is edible. – The root, leaves, stem, flowers are all reported as edible. Most are more palatable if boiled or cooked, but the leaves, root and leaves can be eaten raw.
Seems that it qualifies on all of the survival plant points – however, there is more! It seems the medicinal qualities at least meet if not surpass, the edible aspects of this plant.
Have you figured out what it is and where you can find it? I’m going to tell you where you can get as much as you want and the best part — “It’s free and easy to find!”
Ok, if you haven’t figured it out, I’ll give you a hint. It’s a TAR-AX’-A-CUM O-FFIC-IN-A’-LE and if you click on that word below, I’ll tell you more than you probably want to know about it. Come on, don’t be intimidated, I can’t pronounce it either. Click it, maybe you’ll like it! Taraxacum officinale
Survival Plant #2
This next ‘Survival Plant’ is edible and very available, but is known throughout the world primarily for its’ medicinal properties. Would you believe it is reported to be one of the most abundant and distributed medicinal crops in the world. Guess what! It’s probably in your yard right now (if you don’t use weed killers).
Qualifications 1. Availability – Approx. 200 varieties with about 18 of them in the US. Available in most other countries and appreciated for documented thousands years.
2. Identifiable – Even with a couple of hundred varieties out there, most have similar characteristics and are similar in nutritional and medicinal benefits. There is no written evidence of any of the varieties being poisonous or any poisonous look a likes.
3. Nourishment – It has many vitamins and nutrients and excels in medicinal benefits for the body. As well as being in the ‘First Aid’ kits of ancient history! You don’t want to leave home without this one (or at least be able to recognize it).
4. Easily prepared – leaves can be eaten raw when young and when mature, boiled, used in stews along with the flowers, seeds and roots. All of it can be used as a very healthy tea and it’s reported that the seeds have been used as a flour as well as a flour additive under survival situations.
Well that covers the 4 survival qualifications and when I give you the plants botanic name you may recognize it. Plantago Major or Greater, whichever you prefer. Actually, you can add some other names to it that we’ll cover later, depending on the variety. However, most of us just call it a weed or Plantain!