OL's survival expert highlights the best wild foods and ranks them by availability and caloric value.
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It’s just assumed that every outdoorsman knows how to live off the land. And while you may be able to hunt, fish, and trap circles around everybody you know, are you equally proficient with wild edible plants? Do you know which nuts and berries you can add to an outdoor meal, or even be used to replace a meal? It may be true that “vegetarian” is the old Indian word for “bad hunter”, but I’ll still bet that our ancestors didn’t pass up easy and tasty plant foods when they ran into them. Follow along in our guide to wild edible plants, and you’ll have no excuse for going hungry again. I ranked these foods based on widespread availability, vitamins and mineral content and, most importantly, caloric value (they're listed in descending order).
WARNING: If you're not 100-percent certain that a plant is edible, DO NOT eat it! If you're using medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist before foraging. Some plant compounds can interfere with certain medications.