It’s Nature Dot Org places the use of the Blackberry plant as far back as 2500 years ago. It has been cultivated in Europe, Asia and parts of the Middle East for culinary and medicinal purposes. The berries are now being sold in supermarket groceries alongside other antioxidant rich foods and preparations of the plant can be found in health food stores all over the US. As the worlds quest for healthier alternatives grow, so does the popularity of this thorny little plant. Blackberry is one of the most important plants to know about in a survival situation. Here’s why:
Blackberries have always been a favorite among children and adults alike. I remember my whole family foraging for them when I was a kid. We would spend all day in the briar patches of East Alabama picking buckets of blackberries to bring home that night. We would spend the rest of the night washing them and loading them into Ziploc bags to store in the freezer. We made blackberry pie, blackberry jam and blackberry preserves. We would even eat blackberries like cereal in a bowl of cold milk. It wasn’t until I was older that I learned just how healthy these little berries can actually be for you. According to the nutritional facts posted to Nutritional Data Dot Com, blackberries are packed with vitamins A, C and K, as well as calcium, potassium and beta carotene. This makes them an almost perfect survival food.
You can use the roots of the blackberry plant to make a natural remedy for diarrhea. In fact, they have been used for centuries for just that purpose. Just add a handful of the dried roots to a pot of boiling water and simmer them for about fifteen minutes. Drink a cup of the tea every two to four hours until the diarrhea is gone.
Depression will kill you quicker than anything else in the wilderness. As long as you can keep your wits about you and your spirits high you will make it out alive, but if depression sinks in you will start to lose hope. Sometimes all it takes to revive a weary spirit is a quiet moment of reflection with a nice cup of hot tea. A handful of dried blackberry leaves in a cup of boiling water will produce a rich tasting tea similar to that of department store green teas. It is also loaded with vitamin C.
The blackberry plant can be a great source of both food and comfort in a survival situation. Just make sure that you don’t get wrapped up in the bramble.