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Rules of survival: plants that will save from hunger in the forest

Lack of food for a long time can severely deplete human resources to such an extent that a person will not be able to move without food. But in a wild environment, you can consume a large number of plants. Just need to know which ones, as well as how to cook them
Walking through the forest, there is always the risk of getting lost and staying face to face with nature. Without water, a person can live only a few days, whereas without food - a much longer time. Nevertheless, the lack of food for a long time can severely deplete human resources to such an extent that a person will not be able to move without food. But in a wild environment, you can consume a large number of plants. Just need to know how to cook this. 

We suggest you to find out which plants in the forest will be quite suitable for eating, as well as how to prepare them.

1. Dandelion

This bright yellow, sun-like flower, is quite edible. Dandelion flowers can be found in spring in any forest. On the lawns, on the hills and even in thick forests more often. Suitable for food and young juicy leaves. They are eaten raw or pre-soaked in salt water. For lack of salt, you can soak for two hours in fresh water. After that, the bitterness goes away, and they become very pleasant to the taste. The roots of this plant are also edible. They should be well rinsed and dried. Then fry until crisp. In the presence of sugar (10%) and starch (up to 50%) in the roots, they have a pleasant and sweet taste. Fried, powdered roots, you can use instead of coffee. 

2. Sorrel

This all-known perennial plant with oblong leaves can be found in any forest. Sorrel has a branched root and a furrowed stalk. Due to the large amount of ascorbic and oxalic acid, it has an acidic taste. It contains enough protein. Sorrel is used for cooking green borsch, and also added to salads and pies. And getting lost in the woods, from sorrel you can cook a pleasant, sourish taste, a healthy decoction. 

4. Clover

The crumbed raw leaves of this plant are quite suitable for food. Clover is rich in protein. From the decoction of the leaves of the clover you can make mashed potatoes and soup. The flowers of the clover have a pleasant aroma. They can be used to make a drink. 

5. Ivan-tea (kiprei)

This perennial, tall plant (up to one and a half meters) can be used in any form. Having a pleasant honey aroma, it can be brewed as a tea. It is very useful and well quenches thirst. Ivan tea is rich in vitamins, organic acids, flavonoids, pectin and tannins. From fresh leaves and shoots, you can make a nice taste of soup. Sweet-like roots can be eaten raw. And from dried roots you can get flour, cook porridge or cook flat cakes. 

6. Nettles are dioecious

It is a tall plant with long inflorescences and pointed leaves. Young leaves and shoots contain vitamins K, C, B2, B6, carotene. They also have a lot of chlorophyll. After soaking in boiling water (5 minutes), nettle serves as an excellent addition to spring-summer salads. Also from the young nettle prepare all kinds of soups and add to borsch. If you suddenly get lost in the woods, this plant will help you to maintain strength. 

7. Rogoz

This plant with velvety brown "candles", which can often be found on the banks of water. Rogoz mistakenly confused with reeds. To eat young boiled shoots. They are very nutritious and delicious. They taste like asparagus. Rhizomes can be cut into small pieces and dried on a fire. And if you grind them, you get flour. From it you can bake quite edible cakes. 

8. Cane

It is tall with a thin stalk and spikelet (panicle from above), the plant can be seen on the shores of lakes and rivers. The food is raw roots. They are very gentle and juicy. Because of the small amount of sugar, they have a sweetish flavor. Roots can be boiled, baked and dried. From dried roots, flour is obtained, suitable for baking cakes. 

9. Susak (Yakut wild bread)

A plant with thin and long leaves. At the end of the long stem, there are inflorescences in the form of an umbrella with pink flowers. The rhizome of the plant can be baked or fried. Also from it there will be a good flour for flat cakes. 

10. Water lily white (water lily)

A water-lily is considered to be a rhizome, which is located on the bottom. It can be fried, baked and cooked. 

11. Reeds

This plant grows in large quantities near the water. Has thin light stems without leaves. At the end there is a brown broom. In food you can use the roots of cane. And in the spring they are especially tender with a sweetish pleasant taste.

12. Burdock

This unpretentious plant can be seen everywhere. Purified burdock roots can be eaten raw. They are especially delicious before flowering. And if the roots are baked, they will be sweet and pleasant to the taste.

The forest is rich in a huge number of various plants. But, besides those that are suitable for consumption, many inedible plants come across. If you are not sure that something suitable for food is growing before you, it is better to bypass it. Do not be afraid to starve, it's more terrible to eat something poisonous and poison yourself. It is also necessary to note that a number of these plants are best eaten only after soaking in water and heat treatment. 

We wish you never to get lost in the forest :) But if this happens, you already know how to take care of your food.
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