If you were lost in a pine forest with no food, what would you eat? Maybe you’d find some wild edibles, look for a stream with fish, or set traps in hopes of catching some small game. But those things require lots of knowledge and skills. The average person would starve, and the irony is that they would starve while surrounded by food that is very easy to harvest and eat.
Of course, I’m talking about pine trees. It’s not as simple as walking up to a pine tree and taking a bite, but it almost is. Although you can’t eat the outer bark, you can eat the inner, soft, white bark.
In addition, you can find lots of pine nuts on the ground (in the fall), and you can gather pollen from the pine cones to use as a substitute for flour. Additionally, you can use the pine needles to make tea.
If you want to learn more about how to do these things, check out this article by Will Brendza of Skilled Survival. He wrote the ultimate guide to eating pine trees for survival, and he even included videos and step by step instructions. Next time you go camping, give pine trees a try.