Survival Tips: How to know whether a plant is edible or poisonous

@pickoy (734)
Philippines
May 24, 2009 7:19pm CST
I have a friend in high school who is presently working in the military and he has experienced being stranded in the forest for days and they have nothing left to eat but the weeds and the plants they find on their way. He said that you can survive in the forest as long as there's plants and you know the tips. Its really rare that you'll spot a wild animal while you're in pursuit of fugitives coz the gunfire usually scares these animals... He told us that if you want to eat just rub the leaf against your lips, if its starts to itch, its poisonous. If it doesn't itch try putting it on your tongue if it itches, its poisonous. If it still doesn't try chewing it, of course the taste will be odd but for as long as it doesn't each you can start to swallow and eat... hope this helps...
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
25 May 09
Survival tips, how to know........ Hello my good friend Pickoy:) Just wanted to say thank you for sharing those survival tips. That is good information to have. Let's hope that neither you or I never get stuck in any woods but if we do, at least now we know what to do. I used to be in the military and we went out into the woods and it was a lot of fun with a whole bunch of us together out there. We knew that if anything happened someone would have our backs. But I wouldn't dream of going out there alone. You just never know what you might run into. I hear that you can eat certain kinds of bugs and ants and that will give you protein too if you ever need to. But I sure do hope that I will never have to be put in that kind of situation. Don't you? It would be so gross to have to eat a bug...... Yikes I'm getting creeped out just thinking about it. Anyhow thanks for sharing!
@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
25 May 09
yup, its really gross... and I really don't wish to experience it; but it's also cool to know what we can do in worst case scenarios like those... My military friend was trained for it, I guess for normal people, it's like a nightmare experiencing what they are willing to go through for our own security. He has indeed, a noble job..
@cybersoft01 (1287)
• India
25 May 09
Well, Pickoy, I would like to thank you for sharing such a valueable information. You never know when you need these life saving tips. That is why I love myLot.
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