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Edible Wild Weeds of Winter edible wild plants Jan 17, 2023

   In the late fall and wintertime across the southern half of the U.S.(or anywhere where it doesn’t freeze), the primary edible plants available to the forager are common yard weeds. 

   When it comes to eating weeds, most people find the idea either very...

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Netleaf Hackberry- America's #1 Wild Staple Food sonoran desert plants wild food wilderness survival Oct 31, 2022

 Overview

   Netleaf hackberry(Celtis reticulata) is a water-loving tree that grows next to rivers and springs in middle elevations across the Southwest. Its small red berries don’t look like much at first glance, but they’re actually a calorie-packed staple food...

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Desert Hackberry- Edible Fruit and Wildlife Magnet sonoran desert plants wild food Oct 12, 2022

 Overview

     Desert hackberry(also called spiny hackberry) is a common shrub that grows in Southern Arizona and South Texas, in parts of both the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. Its tasty orange berries are produced in the fall, and are high in phosphorus, calcium,...

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The Edible Screwbean Mesquite Tree (Bean Pods + Historical Uses) sonoran desert plants wild food Sep 07, 2022

 Introduction

   Screwbean mesquite(Prosopis pubescens) is a small tree native to Southern Arizona, where it grows along rivers in the Sonoran Desert. In this article we're going to look at the identification and edible uses of screwbean mesquite, its range throughout our desert,...

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Wolfberry- The Most Common Berry in the Desert sonoran desert plants wild food Sep 03, 2022

Introduction

   Have you ever heard of goji berries? They are a "superfood" from China that started gaining popularity in the U.S. around the turn of the century due to their wide range of nutritional benefits. Goji berries are high in antioxidants, and have all kinds of...

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Desert Chia- A Native Wild Food sonoran desert plants wild food Jul 22, 2022

Introduction

     Desert chia(Salvia columbariae) is our native desert version of store-bought chia (Salvia hispanica), which is a cultivated seed originally from Central America, and is popularly considered a “superfood” for its wide range of nutritional...

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Mesquite: A Desert Staple Food sonoran desert plants wild food Jul 21, 2022

 

Introduction

     In this article we're going to look at the edible uses velvet mesquite(Prosopis velutina). Mesquite beans were an extremely to the native inhabitants of the Southwest, providing a staple food that rivaled corn in its importance. There is no doubt that...

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Triangleleaf Bursage- A Cactus's Best Friend fun and interesting sonoran desert plants Jan 14, 2022

Want our FREE ebook on Sonoran Desert foraging? Check out this link to download it today: https://www.legacywildernessacademy.com/sonoran-desert-ebook

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What To Do If You Get Lost wilderness survival Jan 12, 2022

This video demonstrates a last-resort land navigation technique to help you find your trail if you get lost in the wilderness. It should only be used when all else fails.

This method helped me find my way back to the trail when I got lost in south Florida in 2016.

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Snake Bites and Butterflies- The Story of an Extraordinary Desert Vine ecology fun and interesting medicinal plants sonoran desert plants Jan 06, 2022

Introduction

     The Watson’s dutchman’s pipe, also called desert pipevine, is a unique desert vine with some very interesting features… Not only has this little vine been historically used as a snakebite remedy, it also has a fascinating life story...

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