Let’s face it: sometimes life catches up to you before you have had a chance to prepare for it. Maybe you’re just beginning your prepper journey or maybe you’ve had to clear out your food reserves for other reasons (such as those living in Puerto Rico who still don’t have power months later after Hurricane Maria devastated that island). Whatever the situation, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to go off grid immediately but without the food reserves that you would like to have.
Fortunately, nature has a variety of foods that you can forage for to make sure that you have a full stomach while you find ways to stock up for winter. Of the ones that we’ll mention here, you can sort them into three general groupings: roots, nuts, and fruits. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as we’re talking specifically about foraging, meaning that we’re looking for plants that have edible parts or produce edible items.
In the roots group, you have plants such as burdock, chicory, and dandelion. In case you aren’t familiar with burdock, Trent Rhode provides these details:
[A] variety of burdock has been eaten in Japan for centuries, and with a delicious sweet flavor and a delightful crunchy texture, it’s well worth trying. Burdock should be harvested the fall of their first year (before they produce along central stock with flowers) and can be dried or eaten right away.
You may already be familiar with chicory as a common coffee substitute, though Rhode mentions grinding it up for tea, and dandelion roots can also be used as a coffee substitute when roasted.
The largest number of options for foraging come from the nut category. Nuts for which you can forage include acorns, walnuts (a personal favorite), hickories, pecans, and hazelnuts. Many people don’t know the amazing number of uses that nuts can provide. Of course, you can eat nuts straight from the shell; however, nuts can also be ground for a variety of uses such as a wheat flour substitute if you need a gluten free diet, are avoiding carbs, or simply don’t have access to wheat flour.
The last category that we’ll talk about is probably the group which you thought about first: fruits. Easy-to-find fruits in the fall season include apples and hackberry. Rhode notes about hackberry:
“Due to their low moisture and high sugar content, the berries keep quite well without any processing and can be stored in paper bags or simply in a bowl or container that allows excess moisture to escape.”
So, there you have it: ten foods that you can forage for during the fall season if you have to bug out immediately. Even if you aren’t looking to bug out at this moment, now is a good time for you to begin to notice food options for which you can forage so that you don’t find yourself unprepared for that situation.