Foraging for Survival

Wild animals spend much of their day foraging for their food. The human species can also forage for their food if they know where to look. Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food ~ Hippocrates.

How do you forage for food?

For most of us, our food comes from the local supermarket. We usually don’t consider where the food comes from and assume that it is good for us. However, food is growing abundantly and freely all around us if we know where to look. Open your eyes and look at the land differently. Foraging is obtaining food or provisions from nature and can be very satisfying.


Why is foraging important?

Foraging is one way of thriving. There truly is enough for everyone. Survival is the main reason that foraging is essential. You can be ready to help your family find food in desperate times. Also, wild food is free, flavorful, healthy, and sustainable. Foraging is also empowering and is an excellent way for you to reconnect with nature. A great place to look for edible plants is in your yard.


Dandelion

Dandelions grow all over the place and are usually considered only as weeds. In reality, the flower is edible, root, and leaves as well. Early in the spring, they are not very bitter, but later in the summer, they become very bitter. You can eat them raw or put them in a salad. You can cook dandelions as well. It can make a coffee substitute when roasted. Dandelions are a good friend of the forager.


Wild Onion

Also known as wild leeks, Samson’s, or ramps, wild onions often covers forest floors. There are many different types of wild onions or wild garlic. You can eat the leaves, the shoots, and bulbs.


Broadleaf and Narrow Leaf Plantain