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Add to Wishlist. USD 9. Buy Online, Pick up in Store is currently unavailable, but this item may be available for in-store purchase. The book is very straightforward with many pictures and user-friendly illustrations, written in easy-to-understand language. This is just some of the survival information that this book provides: All-climates: arctic, tropics, temperate forest, savannah or desert. All-terrain survival tactics.
The Will to Survive. Identify poisonous snakes, as well as edible and non-edible plants. Wilderness medicine. Techniques on first aid. Survival in the hottest or coldest of climates. How to find water. Covers navigation and compass use. Weapons and Tools. Oxalates produce a sharp burning sensation in your mouth and throat and damage the kidneys. Baking, roasting, or drying usually destroys these oxalate crystals. The corm bulb of the jack-in-the-pulpit is known as the "Indian turnip," but you can eat it only after removing these crystals by slow baking or by drying.
Do not eat mushrooms in a survival situation! The only way to tell if a mushroom is edible is by positive identification. There is no room for experimentation.
US Army Survival Manual
Symptoms caused by the most dangerous mushrooms affecting the central nervous system may not show up until several days after ingestion. By that time, it is too late to reverse their effects. 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. The basic leaf margins Figure are toothed, lobed, and toothless or smooth. These leaves may be lance-shaped, elliptical, egg-shaped, oblong, wedge-shaped, triangular, long-pointed, or top-shaped Figure The basic types of leaf arrangements Figure are opposite, alternate, compound, simple, and basal rosette.
The basic types of root structures are the taproot, tuber, bulb, rhizome, clove, corm, and crown Figure Bulbs are familiar to us as onions and, when sliced in half, will show concentric rings. Cloves are those bulblike structures that remind us of garlic and will separate into small pieces when broken apart. This characteristic separates wild onions from wild garlic. Taproots resemble carrots and may be single-rooted or branched, but usually only one plant stalk arises from each root.
Tubers are like potatoes and daylilies. You will find these structures either on strings or in clusters underneath the parent plants. Rhizomes are large creeping rootstock or underground stems. Many plants arise from the "eyes" of these roots. Corms are similar to bulbs but are solid when cut rather than possessing rings. A crown is the type of root structure found on plants such as asparagus. Crowns look much like a mophead under the soil's surface.
Learn as much as possible about the unique characteristics of plants you intend to use for food. Some plants have both edible and poisonous parts. Many are edible only at certain times of the year.
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Others may have poisonous relatives that look very similar to the varieties you can eat or use for medicine. There are many plants throughout the world.
Tasting or swallowing even a small portion of some can cause severe discomfort, extreme internal disorders, and even death. Therefore, if you have the slightest doubt about a plant's edibility, apply the Universal Edibility Test Figure before eating any portion of it. Smell the food for strong or acid odors. Remember, smell alone does not indicate a plant is edible or inedible.
During the 8 hours you abstain from eating, test for contact poisoning by placing a piece of the plant part you are testing on the inside of your elbow or wrist. Usually 15 minutes is enough time to allow for a reaction. During the test period, take nothing by mouth except purified water and the plant part you are testing.
Before placing the prepared plant part in your mouth, touch a small portion a pinch to the outer surface of your lip to test for burning or itching. If after 3 minutes there is no reaction on your lip, place the plant part on your tongue, holding it there for 15 minutes. If there is no reaction, thoroughly chew a pinch and hold it in your mouth for 15 minutes. Do not swallow. If no burning, itching, numbing, stinging, or other irritation occurs during the 15 minutes, swallow the food. Wait 8 hours. If any ill effects occur during this period, induce vomiting and drink a lot of water. If no ill effects occur, eat 0.
Wait another 8 hours. If no ill effects occur, the plant part as prepared is safe for eating. Test all parts of the plant for edibility, as some plants have both edible and inedible parts. Do not assume that a part that proved edible when cooked is also edible when raw. Test the part raw to ensure edibility before eating raw. The same part or plant may produce varying reactions in different individuals. Before testing a plant for edibility, make sure there are enough plants to make the testing worth your time and effort.
Each part of a plant roots, leaves, flowers, and so on requires more than 24 hours to test. Do not waste time testing a plant that is not relatively abundant in the area. Remember, eating large portions of plant food on an empty stomach may cause diarrhea, nausea, or cramps. Two good examples of this are such familiar foods as green apples and wild onions. Even after testing plant food and finding it safe, eat it in moderation.
You can see from the steps and time involved in testing for edibility just how important it is to be able to identify edible plants. To avoid potentially poisonous plants, stay away from any wild or unknown plants that have—. Using the above criteria as eliminators when choosing plants for the Universal Edibility Test will cause you to avoid some edible plants. More important, these criteria will often help you avoid plants that are potentially toxic to eat or touch.
An entire encyclopedia of edible wild plants could be written, but space limits the number of plants presented here. Learn as much as possible about the plant life of the areas where you train regularly and where you expect to be traveling or working. Figure list some of the most common edible and medicinal plants. Detailed descriptions and photographs of these and other common plants are in Appendix B. One plant you should never overlook is seaweed. It is a form of marine algae found on or near ocean shores.
There are also some edible freshwater varieties. Seaweed is a valuable source of iodine, other minerals, and vitamin C. Large quantities of seaweed in an unaccustomed stomach can produce a severe laxative effect.