Intro: How to Identify Plants for Food,medicine,chemical Needs
This Instructable is the product of my explaining my intennsion's to post any means of lifting the financial burdens from family's in our hardest time and months of research by a girl friend of mine, it will give names,scientific names and photo's to help you find and positively identify wild food sources,
"In the wild,outside your home and around the world."
These list also contain known toxic plants aswell that must be prepared a special way, so in short you need to first identify what is around you and do the required research to know if you can just eat it or if it must be prepared specially before consumption.
Using the photos and scientific names.
Aswell there are poisonous plants known to kill here in these list, so you could effectively make poisons. I ask that you just destroy any poison plants, so that children/pets can't come in contact or consume them.
Education of these things is the first step in making our future better, also know this information is compiled from online sources some of those sources sale a video/book product, further exploring the possibility's this information is meant to help you identify them alone.
If you are so inclined to eat wild foods I suggest buying the book/video and not rely on wives tales about what is safe as some information gets spun incorrectly or forgotten and substitutions made by assumption.
Soon I will also post preparation's for these plants as the information is made available to me and verified the information to be true by a second/third source.
Also I will be posting information of huntable wild game species and proven hunting methods. as well as preparation cure and preserving. you will need game licencesing before you hunt.
Step 1: Step1
downloading the plants list.
Once you have found and positively identified wild sources I ask you to help propagate the plants and not just consume them but if you take from the source always leave some behind or leave the seed behind or return with them later. I even like to cultivate and grow enough for my family here close to home. and in spring the kids can go out in the yard and eat wild grapes cherry's and other fruits and that brings joy to me to watch them do that, and I enjoy the fresh fruit too. and it is my personal thing to give home made wine, jelly's, fruit cakes to family on the holiday's
Given enough farm land one could even make a cash crop out of it but I enjoy just having it as a heritage for my kids.
now I want to make special note here on how to propagate these wild plants close to home.
1 elevation and climate zone is important the seeds from a northern state wont grow well if at all in the south.
2 when you find and harvest a wild food source you should make notes on weather/date/location/elevation, conditions and soil and even its water content&type and even any insects or worm type's you find I learned from an old man that if you want to transplant a fruit tree you got to know which direction it was previously planted by marking the north side of the tree and as you dig it up make note of which way the roots point.
if you can duplicate those conditions by all means do if not you might spread the seed on a hunting/camping trip to your favorite spot too.
3 All wild plants are native to where they grow make sure you don't break the law by transporting or cultivating an un-natural species. Especially Gensieng it is highly illegal and heavily enforced I appreciate this plant especially as a cash crop. it is coveted by Chinese and medical firms and if you use it in a tea you will see why"men". dandelion wine for wemon..lol..
Maybe I should add some good family recipes but I guess we can all use the forum for that..
Step 2: The Plants Zip File
the edible plants list