Foraging is an essential skill when it comes to surviving in the wild. Every prepper should really spend some time learning to identify what plants are both good to eat, poisonous, or what medicinal properties are available in the wild. This is a skill you should practice with your children and learn for yourself. A little effort now could save your life later.
Ramps-leaves and bulbs like other onions good in salads or on their own. (My wife says on pizza) It was $22.00 a pound at our local health food store.
Garlic Mustard- leaves taste like garlic with bitter and spicy overtones. flower buds and flowers taste hot and sweet. In mid spring to late fall these leaves are bitter however, if baked at 400 for about 10 minutes can still be tasty.
Cattails- Eat the peeled shoots. You can cook them the same way you cook any vegetable raw, roasted, or boiled.
Dandelions- Eat the white base, leaves, and flowers. Good on salad, with onions or made into tea or wine.
Oak trees- Awesome but you must leach the acorns by soaking in cold water until water is clear. Or faster, boil for about 30 minutes drain and repeat until water is clear.
Mugwort- You can cook the leaves in early spring, and make tea with any above ground part of plant from early spring to late fall. you can put the leaves in your pillowcase for vivid dreams. This hallucinogen is used in absinthe. Is so bitter usually impossible to cause harm.
Find out more about wild plants and there benefits by checking out Widman Steve Brill also download his apps on iTunes to help master plant identification and there other uses. The $10.00 on his apps are worth so much more.