11 Things You See in the Wild but Never Knew They Are Actually Edible

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People like to play it safe when it comes to new foods versus what they eat on a day-to-day basis, but if you are ever short on cash, trying to survive in the wild, or if you just want to be adventurous and try something new, these are some foods you probably didn’t know are edible.

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Nettle

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Stinging nettle was made to ward off predators. When you harvest and wash this plant, wear protective gear. Nettle can be made into pesto, bread, beer, and more. This is a meal with a bite.

Insects

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You can eat bugs and other creepy crawlers. There are more than 1,000 edible bugs, and they are all great sources of protein. They can be eaten raw, cooked, or boiled, so if you are ever stuck in the wilderness, munch on them for survival. If you’re in most any Asian countries, try an assortment of exotic treats where many bugs are a delicacy. It’s definitely something off the normal menu.

Cockscomb

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We eat practically all parts of a chicken, so why not try the cockscomb above the rooster’s head. Traditionally, cockscomb is a French dish or a complement to Italian sauce dishes. Soak it in lemon juice to remove the tough exterior. It works well when paired with risotto or dressings.

Peach Leaves

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A peach tree doesn’t just give delicious fruit, the leaves are also flavorful. Do not eat these directly because they can be poisonous if consumed in great amounts. Instead, steep the leaves in wine or milk after freshly plucking them.

Carnations

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These beautiful flowers can be steeped in wine or eaten plain. It tastes a little spicy, so it can give any dish a little zing. Eat only carnations you know are free of pesticides. Frozen carnation leaves can be used to add to ice or lemonade to give it an interesting flavor. You can garnish your pasta dishes with them as well.

Purslane

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Purslane are weeds that come up between cracks in the sidewalk. They are used in the Mediterranean, and they contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. All parts of purslane are edible. It has a slightly sour and salty taste that can be added to your salads and soup.