If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are separated from society and reduced to your own survival skills to get through the week, a working knowledge of what foods you can forage will mean the difference between life and death. Here is a list of the top five wilderness survival foods that you can scrounge to keep yourself alive:
- Insects. Easily captured, plentiful and protein rich, insects are the ideal foraging food if you are out of all other options. Avoid insects that are overly hairy, overly smelly, brightly colored or are known to be disease ridden (i.e. Ticks or mosquitoes). Insects that bite or sting should also be avoided.
Found on logs, in the grass or under stones, insects such as grasshoppers or beetles can be located easily. You can eat them individually or you can smash a large group of them into a paste. Eating them with any edible plants that you forage can make them taste better. If you are competent at building a fire, however, that is the safest and tastiest way to consume insects for survival.
- Birds. Whether it’s ducks or wild turkeys or some more exotic fowl, birds are also excellent sources of protein. If you are stranded in the wilderness with a firearm, then obtaining the bird meat will of course, be easier. Otherwise, you will need to construct a trap for them. Take note, the feathers on a bird can make them look bigger than they actually are once you pluck them. So, be prepared to not get as much meat as you originally thought when you first sighted your prey.
- Burdock. This is an edible plant with large leaves and purplish flower heads. Found mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere, this plant can be eaten boiled or raw. The stalks and the leaves are both edible, but the leaves are very bitter. These plants are a good source of energy and are far easier to gather than insects.
- Found in damp soil and in large numbers if you are lucky, worms can be cleaned easily by putting them in a pot of water. Once in the water they naturally purge their systems of all impurities. Once they have helpfully cleaned themselves for you, you can then consume them raw. They are not tasty, but they are a very great source of protein.
- Fish. If you are trying to survive and are near a body of water, fashion yourself a fishing line and take one of the worms you don’t feel like eating and catch yourself a fish. Like most foods on this list, fish are a fantastic source of protein. But fish are easier to catch than birds and are a much bigger source of protein than worms or insects could ever be. Fish can be eaten raw if necessary, but if you can build a fire it would be healthier and tastier to cook them over an open flame.
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