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There is such a thing as a free lunch — the edible wild plants around you.
While there are thousands of wild edibles, in most places there are only half a dozen species worth knowing.
Indeed, if you can learn six prime food plants and three medicinal plants you can survive quite well.
You don’t need a degree in botany.
You don’t need to know the Latin names.
You don’t need to know all the plants that are out there.
You need to learn just a few edibles, a few medicinals, and it wouldn’t hurt to know about any deadly plants nearby, which are usually just a few as well. A total of a dozen plants. You can learn a dozen plants.
Text and video adapted from the website Eat the Greens.
Pawpaw, a fruit tree native to eastern North America