Disaster Survival – 19 Edible Wild Plants That Just Might Save Your Life


If you had to bug out or just got lost in the wilderness you could still survive if you can identify edible wild plants that could keep you alive. The following is a list of 19 edible plants and how to prepare them to be eaten.


The entire plane is edible and you can eat the plant raw but because the leaves contain oxalic acid you should boil the leaves first. Oxalic acid may contain nitrates which are absorbed from the soil. Boiling the leaves will remove any nitrates.

Wild Asparagus

This plant can be found in North America, Europe, Western Asia and Sections of Northern Africa. Eat it raw or cooked just like you would at home.


Burdock leaves and peeled stalks can be eaten raw or cooked. Cooking the leaves will help to remove the bitter taste. The roots are know to be harvested and eaten for folk medicine. Just peel and boil them first.


Peel and eat the shoots once the plant reaches about two feet tall. The Best part of the stem is near the bottom. The root are also edible. Wash them, break them open and eat them raw or boil them. You’ll find a lot of information about this incredible versatile plant on the web.


Eat the young leaves raw before flowering or you can boil them. Clover goes well when mixed with a little onion and garlic.


The entire chicory plant can be eaten raw or cooked. The roots can be baked, ground and used as a substitute for coffee.


Chickweed is eaten in any way you would prepare a salad. You’ll also find it as part of the ingredients in some of herbal weight loss formulas. It’s a good source of nutrients.

Curled Dock

This plant has a natural bitter taste but if boiled several time you can reduce it significantly. Peel off the outer layers of the stalk and eat it raw or boiled.


The entire plant is edible. As long as you eat the leave while they’re still young they won’t be bitter. The leaves are great in a salad.

Field Pennycress

You can eat the seeds and leaves of this plant which is found in most parts of the world.


You can eat the leaves. Fireweed is usually bitter and is best eaten when the plant is young.

Green Seaweed

Most freshwater seaweed is toxic however the ocean variety is quite nutritious. Green Seaweed is high in fiber and contain a complete source of protein. It also an excellant source of iodine. You can put it in a soup or just eat it raw.


There are over 30 different common edible varieties of seaweed. Kelp is is one of them. It is found in the north east Atlantic Ocean and in the Barents Sea. Kelp is considered a super-food but eating too much of it does have side effects. Kelp contains a lot sodium alginate, which helps protect you from radiation and also to remove it.


This plant is found all over the world and is also used in herbal remedies. You can eat the leaves although the mature leaves are bitter.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Only the young plants are eaten. The older ones are just too tough. Remove the spines then cut the pads into chunks. The chunks can be eaten raw, boiled, grilled or used in a salad.


Purslane is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and beta carotene. Eat the leaves raw or boiled. The leaves are crisp and kinda tart with a little kick to them.

Sheep Sorrel

You can eat the leaves which do not get bitter as the plant matures. Even though the leaves don’t get bitter they do have a nice lemony tart zing to them which comes from the oxalic acid in the leaf.

White Mustard

All parts of the white mustard plant are edible, the seeds the leaves and the flowers. Although this plant is completely edible it doesn’t have a significant nutritional value.

Wood Sorrel

There are over 900 known species of the wood sorrel. Eat the leaves which are a good source of vitamin C.