By John A. Heatherly, Author of The Survival Template
photo by B A Bowen Photography
Recently a friend of mine invited me on a “plant walk” here in the neighborhood. I am still new to the area and welcome the opportunity to learn about our local resources. Less than one mile from my house, we observed the following:
-Yaupon Holly – roasted leaves can be used as a coffee substitute
-Dollar Weed – it is everywhere, and makes a great salad
-Palms and Palmettos – edible “cabbage and hearts”
-Countless Pines – edible inner “cambium” layer, pine nuts
-Dandelions – all parts edible, roots for tea
-Cattail – edible tubers, shoots, and heads
-Live Oak and Laurel Oak – more acorns than I could possibly process and store!
These are just the examples we were able to catalogue in only a few minutes, but truthfully, these alone could go a long way! I recommend finding an edible plants class in your area, and documenting the resources that could be easily foraged. With any edible/medicinal plant, positively identify it with professional guidance before consumption.
When preparing a Sustenance Plan for your family, an Inventory of Local Plants can be a nice supplement to go along with stored foods (canned, dried, mylar bags, etc …) and any home-grown or gardened edibles.
What edible and medicinal plants are in your neighborhood, and how have you used them?
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