Safe? Poison? Look at the pictures:
It will help you identify safe, and not so safe, edible foods in the wild.
But the best take away? Wait those recommended 8 hours (universal edibility test). It’s better to be safe than sorry. You may think you’re starving but you can go weeks without food. Find water. Go slow with any unknown food source.
There are a lot more edible species of plants out there than you may realize, and that’s a good thing if you ever find yourself in a survival situation. The nice thing about this graphic is that it uses actual photos of the plants.It’s important to note that you should never eat a plant until you know it’s 100% safe. If you’re not sure, you can use the Universal Edibility Test to find out, but always proceed with caution.
note from HikingGazette.com – the Universal Edibility Test recommends the plant – one part at a time – be sniffed: bad smell and discard. If the smell is okay, put a small piece in the crook of your elbow. Wait a few minutes. Rash, burning or itching – discard. Continue, if the plant passes the smell and touch test by touching a bit to your lips. Burning or itching – discard. No reaction? Chew a small bit. Wait for several hours (8!!) to make sure there is no reaction. No reaction? Good, now you know THIS part of the plant is edible!
Thanks to Patrick Allan and LifeHacker for this infographic:
cover image from commonsensehome.com