Weeds & Wild Edible Plants You Can Eat in a Survival Scenario

Sometimes a trip to the wild runs longer than you have planned and you might run out of food. But you don’t have to worry because you can still find food in the wild. In a survival situation it is said that the last thing that you have to worry about is food. You can survive longer than you think without food however, it is still important that you are familiar with wild edible plants. Familiarizing yourself with these wild edible plants will help you survive and you can add them to your diet.

Bushes, weeds, roots, and trees are some of the food sources that you can find in the wild. You can find wild edible plants that are so safe to eat throughout the world.


Identifying wild edible plants properly

It is very important to properly identify the wild plants you see along the way. A lot of people have been poisoned for being careless. Be very careful in picking and eating these plants to avoid being poisoned. It is also important to eat just a little portion of the wild plant first and wait for 30 minutes up to 1 hour to digest. If there is no sign of sickness or nausea, the plant is safe to eat.

Consider the location of the wild plant; plants that are near the highways or roadways are covered with pollution; plants near farms are sometimes contaminated with chemicals; plants near the waterways might be contaminated with parasites.

Before eating wild plants you should rinse it with clean water, boil it to kill bacteria and if the plant smells like almonds, do NOT eat it – a lot of wild plants that smell like almonds are poisonous.

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A Universal Edibility Test is used to see if a wild plant is safe to eat.

If you are not sure if the plant is safe to eat, you can use this test. The test starts by fasting for about 8 hours. During the 8 hour period, place the leaf of the plant on your skin;observe if there are any reactions. After that, place the leaf against your lips and then wait for three minutes. If there is no burning or itching developed, you can now place the leaf in your tongue for 15 minutes and then chew it for another 15 minutes, do not swallow it. If there aren’t any reactions or irritations, you can now swallow the plant.

Wait for 8 hours to see if there are any signs of sickness. If it turns out that everything is fine, eat 1/4 cup of the plant and then wait for another eight hours for any signs of sickness. If everything is fine, the plant is safe to eat.

 Edible mushrooms

Some mushrooms are dangerous to eat; it can lead to serious illness or death. These wild plants need to be identified carefully before consuming them. The morel family and Caesar’s mushroom are safe to eat. The half free morel, yellow morel and black morel are the three types of morels that are safe to eat. They can be found in North America.

Edible nuts

Edible nuts are usually found in temperate and other zones. Examples of edible nuts are acorns from the plethora oak, hickory nuts and walnuts.

Other Wild Edible Plants

You can find different kinds of cactus and agave in the desert that you can use for food and water. Day lily flowers, the roots of water lily, cattail shoots, Prickly leaf lettuce and watercress are all edible. However, you should avoid milky sap because they are poisonous.



Being able to identify the different weeds that you can eat in a survival scenario can be a huge help, in fact it can save your life. There are weeds that you can use for food or for medicinal purposes. Here is a list of weeds that you can eat in a survival scenario.



This edible weed is found in most continents. All of the parts of the plant can be eaten, but be very careful on the spines on some of the leaves. The leaves of this weed contain oxalic acid and it can contain a huge amount of nitrates if grown in a soil that is rich with nitrate. Boil amaranth before eating it to remove the oxalic acid and nitrates on the leaves. Do not drink the water that you have used in boiling the plant.



You can find clovers anywhere and most people don’t know that clovers are edible. Clovers are easy to spot because of their distinctive trefoil leaflets. Clovers can be eaten raw or you can boil it.



Cattails are normally found near the edges of freshwater wetlands. The rootstock or the rhizomes of this plant can be eaten raw or you can boil it. You can find its rootstock underground; wash off all the mud thoroughly before eating it. You can also eat the stem and leaves raw or boiled.

Curled Dock


Curled Dock is usually found in different parts of Europe, North America, South America and Australia. This plant has a long, bright red stalk and can grow to a height of 3 feet. The stalk of this plant can be eaten raw or boiled, make sure to peel off the outer layer of the stalk before eating it. The leaves must boil several times; you have to change water several times too. Boiling the leaves will remove the bitter taste on them.



People usually get rid of dandelions in their lawns, but when you are caught in a survival scenario, this obnoxious weed can save your life. You can eat all the parts of this plant. Young leaves taste better than the mature leaves, so you will have to boil the mature leaves first before eating them. The roots must be boiled first before eating them and you can drink the water used to boil the roots as a tea.



Plantains are found in all parts of the world, this plant is used as food or for medicinal purposes. You can see plantains in lawns, along the roads or in wet areas. The young leaves of a Plantain plant tastes better than the mature leaves, so it is best to eat the leaves when they’re young. This edible weed is a good source of Vitamins A, C and Calcium.

You need to familiarize yourself with the different weeds that you can eat in a survival scenario. Take note that there are weeds that must be avoided. Learn to identify first the plant if it is safe to eat or not. You have to avoid plants that have milky or discolored sap, spines, fine hairs or thorns, bitter or soapy taste. You must also avoid plants with almond scent in the leaves or in the woody parts.



Other useful resources:

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Alive After The Fall (Advice onto handling crisis situations )
US Water Revolution (Have Plenty of Water when others don't have any!)
Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)
Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )
Backyard Innovator (All Year Round Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)
Liberty Generator (Easy PND to build your own off-grid free energy device)
Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap PND Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)
Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

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