Exploring eatable herbs in the wild can be a fascinating activity. It is practically not possible to discover an area on earth that is entirely clear of pollutants. Wild herbs are much better off compared to commercially fertilized crops. What’s more, you obtain several plant nutrients that are usually needed in your diet. Here is a list of wild plants that you can nosh if you are lost and hungry in the wild.
1. Wild Black Cherry
Wild black cherries are fit for human consumption. However, don’t chew the raw cherries. Eat only the black cherries that are on the tree, don’t consume the red or maroon cherries. Don’t consume the cherries that are on the ground either. These cherries on the ground droop and induce plenty of cyanide.
Blueberries are the healthiest fruits that are most widely consumed in USA and Canada. Blueberries have a multitude of antioxidant benefits. Blueberries preserve high value nutrition and taste good when they are consumed raw.
3. Red Sorrel
Red Sorrel is also known as sheep sorrel and sour weed. It is a flowering plant that belongs to the buckwheat family. You can consume the raw leaves of the plant. They have a pleasant, tangy and lemony taste. This is nutritious but can be poisonous if consumed in large quantities as it contains oxalates.
Fiddleheads are the curled fronds of a baby fern. They are known for their culinary purposes in many cuisines including Indian, North American, Indonesian and Nepalese cuisines. They are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. People who require a low-sodium diet can consume this. It is advised to cook fiddleheads completely to remove the shikimic acid present in them.
5. Bear’s Garlic
Bear’s garlic, also known as wood garlic or ramsons, is a close relative of the Chinese onion. The plant is favored as meals by brown bears and wild boars. The leaves of the plant can be used in salads, soups, and in the making of pesto. Many toxic plants in the wild look similar to bear’s garlic. It is recommended that you rub the leaves and check if they have odor similar to garlic before you consume them.
6. Black Locust
Acacia honey originates from black locust. The flowers of the plant are edible. However, the seeds are said to be toxic. You can use the flowers in soups and salads. The flowers can be crushed and applied on burnt skin for healing purposes. The plant is presumed to cure respiratory problems.
The mature fruits of a mayapple plant are safe for consumption. However, the fruits are a bit toxic when they are not fully grown. Mature or fully grown fruits are yellow and tender. If they are still green, do not consume them. American Indians used to boil the toxic root of the plant to heal stomach pains.
Opuntia, also called prickly pear cactus, is the most nutritious plant (Vitamin C, dietary fiber, magnesium, etc.) found in the wild. You can consume the fruit of the plant by cautiously taking off the thorns on the outer skin. Prickly pears are often used as an ingredient in beverages, desserts, soups, candies and various other dishes.
9. Disc Mayweed
Disc mayweed, also known as pineapple weed and wild chamomile, is used for medicinal purposes. The flowers of the plant are edible and are used in the preparation of herbal teas. The plant can pretty much grow anywhere.
Acorns are also called oak nuts. Acorns are not just snacks for squirrels, but are also highly nutritious food fit for human consumption. Raw acorns are bitter due to their tannin content. You can use acorns in the preparation of flour, coffee, and brittle.