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Edible and Medicinal Plants

Edible and Medicinal Plants
The information on this page is presented in an older format. We have vastly expanded our edible plants information with far more information, and far more plants. You can find this information at our new site Abal Calligonum comosum Description: The abal is one of the few shrubby plants that exists in the shady deserts. Habitat and Distribution: This plant is found in desert scrub and waste in any climatic zone. Edible Parts: This plant's general appearance would not indicate its usefulness to the survivor, but while this plant is flowering in the spring, its fresh flowers can be eaten. Acacia Acacia farnesiana Description: Acacia is a spreading, usually short tree with spines and alternate compound leaves. Habitat and Distribution: Acacia grows in open, sunny areas. Note: There are about 500 species of acacia. Edible Parts: Its young leaves, flowers, and pods are edible raw or cooked. Agave Agave species Habitat and Distribution: Agaves prefer dry, open areas.

Why Eat Wild Herbs and Edible Plants? The Benefits of Wild Edible Plants For hundreds of years people took advantage of the medicine cabinet at their doorstep. Before the advent of processed foods and modern convenience stores, wild plants were a common dietary supplement. They were the ultimate natural multivitamin! Often the plants we call weeds have therapeutic value. Our pharmaceutical industry bases many new medicines on the healing factors in herbs. Why eat wild herbs? They are power packed with phyto-nutrients, hundreds of times the vitamin and mineral density of a supermarket lettuce. What if you live in the city? Not everyone lives in the countryside these days, with healthy spray free wild herbs at their doorstep. Drink herbal teas made from wild herbs, like nettle . If you do live rurally, how do you spot the good ones? People ask us, "how do you avoid the poisonous ones?” What to do with wild herbs and dark leafy greens? Wild herbs can be juiced (the forerunner to wheat grass juice!) What are your favourites? Hi Anna,

Edibility of Plants The information on this page is presented in an older format. We have vastly expanded our edible plants information with far more information, and far more plants. You can find this information at our new site Plants are valuable sources of food because they are widely available, easily procured, and, in the proper combinations, can meet all your nutritional needs. Absolutely identify plants before using them as food. At times you may find yourself in a situation for which you could not plan. It is important to be able to recognize both cultivated and wild edible plants in a survival situation. Remember the following when collecting wild plants for food: Plants growing near homes and occupied buildings or along roadsides may have been sprayed with pesticides. Plant Identification You identify plants, other than by memorizing particular varieties through familiarity, by using such factors as leaf shape and margin, leaf arrangements, and root structure. Seaweeds

Edible Plants and Flowers in Europe Flowers Edible flowers are typically the most encountered type of edible plant in Europe. It is common knowledge that certain flowers, such as nasturtiums, sunflowers, jasmine flowers and honeysuckles are all edible. However, Europe is home to many other types of edible flowers. Trees The arctic willow, native to northern parts of Europe, produces edible shoots and roots that are high in vitamin C. Shrubs and Annuals Chicory, native to all parts of Europe, is considered a weed. Harvesting Warnings Many of the wild, edible plants found throughout the European continent are considered weeds. Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary Leaf Morphology: Phyllode/ Cladode: modifyed stems that act as leaves. Ensiform: leaves sharp edges, taper into a slender point (fern) Stellate: hairs come up like fingers. Peltate: "petiole joins to the center" in leaves. Glossary of Terms: WHORLED - more than two (2) opposite leaves. OPPOSITE - leaf nodes are on opposite sides of twig. ALTERNATE - leaf nodes alternate in pattern along branch. DECUSSATE - Arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below, resulting in vertical rows of leaves. PALMATE - consisting of leaflets or lobes radiating from the base of the leaf. CAPSULE - a hollow dry fruit with 3+ locules (chambers) Dehiscent = splits open to release the seed. Indehiscent: remaining closed, do not split open at maturity. Capsule Types- Dehiscent: Capsule breaks to release fruit Indehiscent: This is a drupe, no hard capsule that is made to split open A walnut is a drupe fruit. OVATE (ovoid) OBOVATE (obovoid) ELLIPTICAL Root Index Tuberous Roots: ex- Sweet Potato

Foraging The Wild | Wild Food Girl Living Primitively 13 Medicinal Plants Worth Planting Aloe Vera The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. woundscutsburnseczemareducing inflammation Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of : ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)chronic constipationpoor appetitedigestive problemsMarsh Mallow The plant of which marshmallows are made of. inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranescounter excess stomach acidpeptic ulcerationgastritis Externally, the root is applied to : bruisessprainsaching musclesinsect bitesskin inflammationssplinters The leaves are very edible, unlike the aloe vera. Great Burdock It requires moist soil and can grow shadeless. boilsrashesburnsbruisesherpeseczemaacneimpetigoringwormbites The leaves and seeds can be crushed to poultice it to bruises, burns, ulcers and sores. Pot Marigold It grows in almost any type of soil condition. Gotu Kola Echinacea

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