Warning! This article is meant to be an overview and not a detailed guide on identifying and consuming edible plants. Seek guidance from a trained botanist before attempting to eat any plants. Any attempt to consume plants shall solely be at the reader’s risk.

Hunting is an important survival skill, whether that is for live animals or wild edible plants. You could kill deer or wild boar with a rifle or bow, snag small game in snares, take down birds with a slingshot, or spear fish in streams. However, it's equally important to incorporate edible plants, fruits, and vegetables into your survival diet—especially because you may not always be able to hunt successfully when your life depends on it.

Foraging for Wild Edible Plants

Few things are as rewarding as being able to identify a wild edible plant and harvesting it for consumption, but this skill is not without a level of risk. There are plants out there which look very similar to the edible versions, but can be fatally toxic. So, how can you start foraging for wild edible plants? Obviously, you don't want to ingest anything poisonous, so you'll need to know what to look for first. The infographic below from Ava's Flowers provides some great information and illustrations to get you started.

Infographic explaining the wild edible, hickory nuts.

Infographic explaining the wild edible, amaranth.Infographic explaining the wild edible, asparagus.

Infographic explaining the wild edible, persimmon.Infographic explaining the wild edible, Jerusalem artichoke.Infographic explaining the wild edible, burdock.

Infographic on the wild edible, elderberry.

Infographic explaining the wild edible, cattail.

Infographic explaining the dandelion.

Infographic describing the wild edible, clover.

Infographic describing the chicory plant.

Infographic describing the wild edible, fireweed.

Infographic describing foraging etiquette and tips to avoid poisonous plants.

Infographic explaining how to identify leaf features.
If you're interested in reading more on the subject, check out the other infographic we featured from Ava's Flowers, called “The Devil's Greenhouse“. It goes into more detail on toxic plants that you should avoid at all costs.

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