Homesteading, Living Off The Land

FYI: I do collect wild native plants for my cook pot when the kinds of plants I like to eat are in season. What I am not is a Prepper, {the worlds coming to an end} survivalist. If you want to know more on becoming a self sufficient survivalist, there are many websites and books available on this subject. I just think it makes good sense to save on my food bill where and when I can by collecting and eating local plants in season.

Wild Chicory

Wild Chicory

With the arrival of spring many areas of the U.S. can now find wild mushrooms (don’t eat wild mushrooms unless your are expert at their identification. Some varieties can ‘Kill’ You). Several different varieties of wild endive, chicory, poke weed and so on. Harvesting these plants in season can save you a great deal on your food bill.

In early summer all the way into early winter you can harvest both native grass seed and field planted cereal grain seed to be stored and consumed later by you and your family. Almost 100 percent of grass seeds are safe for human consumption, but be ‘safe’ know what your harvesting and insure it is safe for human consumption.
Research that plant in books and on the internet.
Watch the wild birds, if they are eating the seed it should be safe for you to eat them as well.
Last do the taste test. Chew up a few seeds, if they are very sour or bitter, spit them out, they may be poison.

Rye

Cereal Rye

After harvesting and thrashing, store well dried seeds in air tight containers, grind them to the consistency needed using a grain grinder(mill) or blender before use.
Course ground grains are a good addition to soups, stews and breads. Two of my favorite grains are barley in soups and stews and rye in homemade breads.

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6 responses to “Homesteading, Living Off The Land

  1. The main free foods we have here (UK) are blackberries and elderflower. Seems a shame to let free food go to waste!

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    • Re: silverbells2012 – with the exception of mulberry’s our hot dry summer weather is not fit for berry production. My rain fall varies wildly from one year to the next ranging from about 15 inches (6cm) to 30 inches (12cm). We receive 75 percent of our rain in April – May and again in September-October..
      Make berry wine!

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  2. That’s great! I do the same thing with the tasting of wild native plants, its amazing how many edible berries I’ve found that way. There is no mistaking that sour, bitter, “poison” taste. I plan on harvesting as much as possible this year.

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  3. Around here, spring means the start of fiddle heads but you have to make sure that you take them from an area that has not been polluted.

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  4. Hey from Bathurst South Africa.

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