In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:
37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts
19 - 29 % Ash
9 - 21 % Fiber
4 % Fat
22 % Protein
Once the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists of the following Vitamins and Minerals:
vitamins A, C, D, E, F, K, P, and b-complexes as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B-6
All in all this plant is probably the most nutritious in our nature, but where do we find it? How do we avoid getting hurt by it's stinging? And once we have a bunch of the nettles, how do we go about turning them into food?
I love that you've brought this to attention.
An extensive database of uncommon but resistant and hardy plants/foods could be developed and organized by climate. Ease of growth and processing should also be taken in to account.
I will try to search for or develop one for the area I'm currently developing. I'm certain there is plenty of research and there should be more information out there.
I'm currently looking for useful plants that can grow in a deserted area, mostly clay, 3K above sea lvl, 11 inches of rain.