How To Avoid Bacterial Infections While Scavenging Food In The Wild

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September 19, 2023 / Comments (2)

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Food is always available in the wild, but you still have to be cautious of what you eat to avoid bacterial infections. This is easy enough if you understand what wild edibles you can eat. Read on to learn about what you should do if you run out of provisions and need to find food.

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Shelter, food, and water are the basics of wilderness survival we are all familiar with. Even amateur campers should know about these outdoor essentials and preparations to be ready for an emergency situation.

But what if something really unfortunate happens and you're indefinitely stranded in the woods? If you run out of food, you can't be careless with what you eat. It's important to understand what you can safely consume in the wild to avoid bacterial infections and possible food poisoning.

1. Stinging Nettle

You can find Stinging Nettles in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America. This plant is quite high in protein content for a leafy green vegetable, and it also has very nutritious seeds.

Stinging Nettle | Avoid Bacterial Infections | How To Eat In The Wild

Here are instructions on how to prepare this wild edible in the outdoors:

  • Gather the seeds and pound it like you do with mortar and pestle until it gets sticky.
  • Place this mixture between both of your palms and squeeze until it resembles a loaf of bread.
  • Wrap this in the leaves of the stinging nettle
  • Place in the fire for a few minutes, and it should be ready to eat.

2. Dandelion

Dandelion (also known as “the lion's tooth”) grows in the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The roots contain vitamins and minerals and the most energy-giving part although the entire plant is edible.

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Furthermore, it is also known for having a bitter taste, so it has to be cut into pieces and immersed in cold water before cooking. In a survival situation, on the other hand, you can wash the roots of a Dandelion and jus eat it raw.

3. Burdock

Burdocks are found anywhere in the world and have large leaves that grow up to 28 inches in length.

Burdock | Avoid Bacterial Infections | How To Eat In The Wild

Their roots are rich in starch, which you can dig up and roast over the fire before eating. After that, you can enjoy its fine taste by peeling off the roots.

4. Cattail

You can identify this plant by its unique flower and flat blade-like leaves. It grows in wetlands all over the world, making it an option if you're ever stuck in a marshland.

Cattail | Avoid Bacterial Infections | How To Eat In The Wild

This wild edible's roots are rich in starch, which you can roast over the fire or eat raw. In addition, a cattail's flower is an excellent tinder aside from also being completely edible.

5. Acorns

Acorns come from oak trees and grow all over the world. They're the perfect survival food, since they contain carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Acorn food preparation requires some patience, as they need to be cooked several times. To prepare, slice the acorns into bits and place in boiling water. You may repeat the process by adding more water until it lessens the bitter taste, or until you think it's finally good for eating.

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A person's hunting skills can also keep him alive in the wild. However, these skills require experience and expertise. That's why it's important to impart survival knowledge in all individuals — regardles of whether they have a background in hunting. When faced with a life and death situation, knowing what wild edibles to eat will help you avoid bacterial infections and help you survive in the wilderness too!

What can you say about these edible plants in the wild? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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