Backyard Edibles was Shared by: Jennifer Bridgeman
What would you do if grocery stores ceased to exist? Would you and your family be able to survive? Where would you go for food? Have you considered wild edibles?
A good place to familiarize yourself with isn’t that far away—it’s your very own backyard. There, you’ll find a host of edible plants that can provide filling, nutritious meals and additions to your daily eating. And you don’t have to wait for a crisis to start looking for and eating them.
Moreover, plants that thrive in bad conditions, such as driveway cracks or barren soil, are loaded with phytonutrients and phytochemicals such as carotenoids and flavonoids. Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves from insects, disease, ultraviolet light, bad weather, and animals. And wild plants need more protection than the domestic plants humans carefully tend and protect. Weeds send strong taproots deep into the soil to draw minerals into their leaves, so they’re also packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, and trace minerals. Lamb’s quarters, for instance, have three times as much calcium per serving as spinach.
Start with the ones you probably already know about—the dandelion. Then, move onto those that might be familiar but you’re not quite sure about—broadleaf. Along the way, you can start to figure out what’s poisonous and what you should avoid.
Are you ready to take advantage of the bounty of highly nutritious, free food that’s available steps from your back door? First, you must learn to identify plants with absolute certainty. Get started with these common edible plants that grow nearly everywhere, perhaps even in your own backyard.
Here’s how to start on a more self-reliant, edible journey close to home.
Source: Fix.com Blog