Have you ever been hiking or camping in a forest or on a mountain? We can run out of logistics or food in the forest or mountains. Or maybe during the trip, we feel hungry but lazy to unload the contents of the bag/carrier for fear of damaging the arrangement of packing. Do not worry at this time. We will share information about survival foods that can be searched along the path in the forest or the mountains.
1. Cantigi (Vaccinium Pharyngiaefolium)
This little tree is often encountered when we are hiking in the mountains. We can eat this part of the plant at the tip of its red leaves. Sour taste like star fruit, the taste is quite fresh enough to make our throats satisfied if we are thirsty when traveling on the mountain.
2. Murbai / Bebendah (Morus)
Well, this is a fruit that refreshes the throat. The surface of this fruit is similar to strawberries. This fruit that lives in cold temperatures is sweet (if it’s ripe) but in our opinion even though the young one feels sour but still tastes fresh.
3. Ciplukan / Cecendet / Cep require / (Physallis peruviana L)
This sweet fruit can be found in open areas. Because this fruit requires a lot of sunlight. This fruit is covered in a bud-shaped wrap as big as a marble. Apparently, this fruit can treat diseases such as wet lung disease and stomachache.
4. Calingcing (Oxalis Corniculata Linn)
This fruit tastes very delicious when eaten with a spicy reply. Can be rich in a fruit salad is like star fruit only it’s smaller (tiny) leaves, and stems can also be eaten. This plant can be used as a cold or fever medicine.
5. Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana)
This plant tastes sweet, as sweet as this plant can even replace sugar for diabetics, this plant used to come from the plains of America but now grows in the plains of Java and Sumatra.
6. Mushrooms (Mushroom)
This umbrella-like plant must be very familiar. Can be vegetables or stir-fry, but be careful of many poisonous mushrooms, for example: magic mushroom or colorful mushroom.
This plant is widely found in tropical rain forests. Often found in the mountain Raung. It can be eaten on the stem. It tastes sour like starfruit.
8. Poh Pohan
The name is poh-pohan. The taste is indeed slightly bitter, but if it tastes good. Often found around the ground, the tree is short but watch out don’t get it wrong. It has fragrant leaves.
The name is honje, eaten by fruit or the flower tastes fresh like guava water, suitable for relieving thirst, often also found in the moist and humid places.
10. Harendong Bulu
This Harendong looks similar to Poh-Pohan, but this one has furry leaves, the fruit is purplish-blue if it’s already fried, it can be eaten [but the feather has to be removed first] it tastes sweet-sour.
There are also steps that we should know so that we don’t eat the wrong plants:
Common Characteristics of Edible Plants:
- Parts of plants that are still young (shoots/buds)
- Plants that do not contain sap
- Plants that are not hairy
- Plants that do not smell bad
- Plants that are eaten by mammals, for example: Monkeys
Steps Needed When Eating Plants:
- Eat known plants
- Eat just one type of plant
- Do not eat plants whose fruit is purple because it is feared to contain alkaloid toxins
How to eat fruits that we do not know is just put a little piece on the hands waiting for the reaction, if there is no strange feeling (hot, bitter) means it is quite safe. Then to the lips and tongue with the same procedure after eating it wait 30 minutes if there is no reaction that means safe to eat.