11 things to eat in the wild when there is no food

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1. Ants

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Most ant species are edible and have a sour flavor to them. When ants feel threatened they secrete an acid, which has a vinegar like flavor.

2. Slugs

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Slugs are edible and  highly nutritious .  Slugs host to a potentially dangerous parasite called the rat lungworm.  So in order to prevent any type of contimination, its best to cook slugs.

3. Eating Snails

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.36.49 PMSnails are considered a treat in many countries around the world.  The garden snail is best to try.  To make sure that snails sure snails are safe to eat, you should steam them and remove from the shell, then slit up the belly and remove the cooked entrails. Or you could purge them for a couple of days in a container with some food they like — vegetation, aspen bark or the traditional grain feed.

4. Eating Crickets

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.37.44 PMCrickets have been a continuous tradition as human food.  Crickets are excellent pan-fried or oven toasted, with a bit of oil and salt if you like. The legs can be removed before eating as they are sometimes irritating. They can also be dried and stored for future use.

5. Eating Grasshoppers

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.38.26 PMGrasshoppers are like eating crickets and are similarly prepared and esteemed.

6. Eating Earthworms

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Earthworms are highly nutritious.  Worms often come out en masse during heavy rains when the soil becomes so saturated with water they need to get out or drown.  Their bodies are filled with dirt, which can make worms sandy and unpleasant to eat. This dirt can be removed by pur ing (soaking them in water for 3–24 hours) or taking a worm in one hand and squeezing the dirt out of it with your free hand’s fingers.  Earthworm’s flavor is bitter.  Frying worms until crispy is better to eliminate any textures you might not like.

7. Eating Maggots

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.39.49 PMMaggots are edible and are considered a traditional superfood. They are also probably the most revolting insect one could imagine eating.

8. Eating Aphids

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.40.49 PMAphids is an edible insect.   Depending on what foliage they are feeding on, they can range from slightly bitter to sweet. Upon finding an infested plant or patch of plants, simply collect the aphids and eat them fresh or incorporate them into a meal as a nutritious supplement.

9. Eating Termites

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.41.40 PMTermites have a high oil content and are quite tasty, giving you a nutty flavor.

10. Eating Sowbugs

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.42.21 PMSow bugs, also also known as pillbugs and/or rolly pollies. They are highly nutritious and really tasty if toasted.  You can also eat them raw.

11. Eating Earwigs

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.42.58 PMEarwigs are treated and eaten like termites and sowbugs.  Strain, toast and serve.

All these species are just the tip of the iceberg in this field. So many more insects are edible, but we concluded on 11 that we find easy to find in the wild,  and should help you survive when you have no food.

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