Walking through the forest, there is always a risk of getting lost and being alone with nature. Without water, a person can live only a few days, while without food – a much longer time. However, going without food for a long time can severely deplete human resources to the point where a person will be unable to move without food. But in the wild, you can eat a large number of plants. You just need to know how to cook it.
We invite you to find out which plants in the forest will be quite suitable for food, as well as how to cook them.
This bright yellow, sun-like flower is quite edible. Dandelion flowers can be found in spring in any forest. On lawns, on hillocks, and even in the dense thicket of the forest. Suitable for food and young succulent leaves. They are consumed raw or pre-soaked in salt water. For lack of salt, you can soak for two hours in fresh water. After that, the bitterness goes away, and they become very pleasant to the taste. The roots of this plant are also edible. They need to be washed and dried well. Then fry until crispy. In the presence of sugar (10%) and starch (up to 50%) in the roots, they have a pleasant and sweetish taste. Roasted, powdered roots can be used instead of coffee.
This well-known perennial plant with oblong leaves can be found in any forest. Sorrel has a branched root and a furrowed stem. Due to the large amount of ascorbic and oxalic acid, it has a sour taste. It contains a sufficient amount of protein. Sorrel is used to make green borscht, and is also added to salads and pies. And if you get lost in the forest, you can cook a pleasant, sour-tasting, healthy decoction from sorrel.
The crushed raw leaves of this plant are quite suitable for food. Clover is rich in protein. From a decoction of clover leaves, you can make mashed potatoes and stew. Clover flowers have a pleasant aroma. They can be used to make a drink.
5. Ivan-tea (kiprei)
This perennial, tall plant (up to one and a half meters) can be consumed in any form. Having a pleasant honey aroma, fireweed can be brewed like tea. It is very useful and quenches thirst well. Ivan tea is rich in vitamins, organic acids, flavonoids, pectin and tannins. Fresh leaves and shoots can be used to make a delicious soup. Sweetish roots can be eaten raw. And from the dried roots you can get flour, cook porridge or make cakes.
6. Stinging nettle
This is a tall plant with long inflorescences and pointed leaves towards the end. Young leaves and shoots contain vitamins K, C, B2, B6, carotene. They also contain a lot of chlorophyll. After soaking in boiling water (5 minutes), nettle is a great addition to spring-summer salads. Also, all kinds of soups are prepared from young nettles and added to borscht. If suddenly you get lost in the forest, this plant will help you maintain strength.
This is a plant with velvety brown “candles”, which can often be found on the banks of reservoirs. Cattail is mistakenly confused with reeds. Young boiled shoots are suitable for consumption. They are very nutritious and delicious. They taste like asparagus. Rhizomes can be cut into small pieces and dried on a fire. And if you grind them, you get flour. From it you can bake quite edible cakes.
This tall plant with a thin stem and spikelet (panicle on top) can be seen on the banks of lakes and rivers. Raw roots are eaten. They are very tender and juicy. Due to the small amount of sugar, they have a sweetish aftertaste. The roots can be boiled, baked and dried. From the dried roots, flour is obtained, suitable for baking cakes.
9. Susak (Yakut wild bread)
A plant with thin and long leaves. At the end of a long stem there are inflorescences in the form of an umbrella with pink flowers. The rhizomes of the plant can be baked or fried. It also makes a good flour for cakes.
10. White water lily (water lily)
In a water lily, the rhizome, which is located at the bottom, is considered edible. It can be fried, baked and boiled.
This plant grows in abundance near water. It has thin light stems without leaves. At the end is a brown panicle. The roots of the reed can be eaten. And in the spring they are especially tender with a sweetish pleasant aftertaste.
This unpretentious plant can be seen everywhere. Peeled burdock roots can be eaten raw. They are especially tasty before flowering. And if the roots are baked, they will be sweet and tasty.
The forest is rich in a huge number of various plants. But, besides those that are suitable for consumption, there are many inedible plants. If you are not sure that something suitable for food is growing in front of you, it is better to bypass it. It’s not scary to starve, it’s worse to eat something poisonous and get poisoned. It is also necessary to pay attention that a number of the mentioned plants are best eaten only after soaking in water and heat treatment.
We wish you never get lost in the forest 🙂 But if this happens, you already know how to take care of your food.