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Foraging for Your Food: 3 Edible Plants You Can Find in the Wild

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Earlier this month, an Alabama woman returned home safely after being lost in the woods for a month. Lisa Theris allegedly became disoriented when she ran into the woods at night and could not retrace her steps. In an interview with NBC News, Theris said she survived by eating berries and mushrooms and by drinking dirty water.

Theris’ story is an amazing one, and may have you wondering, “Could I do the same?” While we at Texas Hill Country hope you never find yourself lost and alone in the wilderness, there is certainly nothing wrong with educating yourself about the best methods of survival. Of course, a key component in making it through a situation similar to the one Theris found herself in is finding enough to eat. Dr. Mark Vorder Bruggen is a foraging expert from the Houston area. He has written several books including “Idiot’s Guide: Foraging” which was released in 2016. Additionally, he manages the website Foraging Texas under the pseudonym Merriwether the Adventurer as a means of sharing his vast knowledge of edible wild plants in Texas and the Southwest. Below are three of the plants Dr. Vorder Bruggen says can be eaten raw when found growing in the wild.

1. Agarita

Agarita

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According to Foraging Texas, Agarita can be found in abundance throughout the Hill Country. At the tail-end of winter, yellow blossoms will appear on the plant and red berries will take their place in spring. The berries can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of forms, however, be prepared for a slightly difficult harvest, as the leaves of the plant are not malleable and can be considered pointy. Merriwether also notes these plants typically grow amongst mesquite trees or other small tree species.

2. Amaranth

Amaranth
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