3 Quirk Myths About Foraging For Survival

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3 Quirky Myths About Foraging For Survival

You’ve seen it on TV before: A hungry person in the middle of nowhere, scouring the earth for edible plants to keep them alive.

Survival experts often tout the benefits of foraging for food in an emergency, but there are a few myths about foraging that you should know about. In this blog post, we’ll debunk three common myths about foraging and discuss the truth behind each one. Stay safe and well-fed out there!

Myth: You Have To Be A Botanist

Foraging for food is often seen as a skill reserved for experienced botanists. However, this is a myth. With a little bit of knowledge, anyone can safely and effectively identify edible plants.

I prefer the method taught by Elpel with the focus on learning common plant families.

Myth: Edible Food Can Only Be Found In Certain Areas

The next time you’re out for a walk, take a closer look at the plants around you. Chances are, you’ll be surprised by the amount of edible food that’s growing right under your nose. From dandelions and clover to berries and nuts, wild edible food is all around us, if we know where to look.

Myth: That Foraging Is Only For Survival Situations

Foraging has come a long way since the days of survivalists scrounging for edible plants in the wild. Now, foraging is seen as a viable way to add fresh, local ingredients to your diet. And it doesn’t have to be a difficult or dangerous activity. With a bit of knowledge and preparation, anyone can enjoy the benefits of foraging.

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Edible plants will often sprout next to toxic look-a-like plants.

You should never eat any wild plant unless you are 100% certain of its identification and are experienced enough to do so.

Only forage where you have permission.

And leave enough for others, including wildlife.



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Mark Wilcox

Mark Wilcox


I once backpacked 100 miles in 90 days. After 25 years in IT, I wanted more adventure in my life. I want to inspire you to add more adventure too.