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Edible Plants on Facebook

Facebook and edible plants would seem like an odd combination, wouldn't it? Combining the most popular online social networking site with a hobby that some might consider nerdy or strange? Something like that could never appeal to anyone, or at least that's what we thought!

Months ago, CampingSurvival.com decided it was time to make our very own Facebook page. Many businesses were doing it as means to promote their products. We were noticing however, that while Facebook is great for posting every so often about sales, new items, and promotions, we wanted to find a way to make ours a little bit more interactive and a place where users can also learn.

That was why we introduced the use of edible plant pictures and facts. Typically, either someone on our staff or one of our Facebook fans posts a picture of a mystery edible plant and it's up to the rest of the users to test their knowledge and figure out what it is. After the plant is identified, we usually post facts about the plant so users get even more knowledge out of their Facebook experience. Between the use of edible plant pictures, online giveaways, promotions and more, our Facebook page has reached over 18,500 fans and continues to grow on a daily basis.

In this entry you will find many of the plant pictures we use for identifying on Facebook, along with their names and interesting facts about them. If you are interested in joining us on Facebook, please "like" us on our page, you can find it here. We also borrow many from our facts from Wildman Steve Brill, you can check out his site here

Every once in a while we post trivia on our Facebook page of our best selling Edible Wild Food Playing Cards. These cards are great because not only are they a full deck of playing cards, but they are also educational in that each card displays a different wild edible along with facts about each plant on the back. Below is a sample of one of these cards:

Card Sample - Picture appears on card front, while information appears on back of card.

Berry (Blueberry)

Vaccinium species

ALIAS: Bilberry

WARNING: POSITIVELY IDENTIFY: CRUSH FRUIT FOR CHARACTERISTIC BLUEBERRY SMELL.
EDIBLE: fruit (berry)
CHARACTERISTICS: Many varieties, from low shrubs to high bushes. Fruit is blue and clusters in groups of 2 to 10. (Huckleberry often grows near blueberry; edible fruit looks similar but has stony pit and tart taste).
USES: Source of vitamin C. Fruit: Eat raw. Make jellies, jams, syrups, juices, wines. Freeze. Dry until it rattles.

HINTS: Dry a few berries and chew slowly and thoroughly to aid control of diarrhea.

Please remember, we post these plants pics for entertainment only and are not recommending that you go out and eat anything that we post. If you intend to try these wild plants or the like or anything we post, make sure you are 100% sure of what you are doing. Learn from an expert and double/triple verify. It's only up to you and no one else!

Lamb's-Quarters (Chenopodium album)
Lamb's-Quarters (Chenopodium album)
Lamb's-Quarters
Lamb's-Quarters
Wild Blackberries (Rubus species)
Wild Blackberries (Rubus species)
Bloodroot Plant
Bloodroot Plant
Live Forever, Orpine, Sedum
Live Forever, Orpine, Sedum
Common Mullein
Common Mullein
Wood Sorrel
Wood Sorrel
Burdock
Burdock
Wild Edible Day Lilly
Wild Edible Day Lilly
Giant Puffball
Giant Puffball
Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger
Wild Leek
Wild Leek
Jewelweed
Jewelweed
Curly Dock / Yellow Dock
Curly Dock / Yellow Dock
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)
Yellow Lichen
Yellow Lichen
Beech Tree
Beech Tree
Lichen
Lichen
Oxeye Daisy
Oxeye Daisy
Dames Rocket
Dames Rocket
Spruce
Spruce
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Lion's Mane Mushroom

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