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SURVIVAL VEGETABLES

I already know that some people who read this will think, “This Guy is CRAZY”. All I ask is that you hear me out.

Since we could speak our first word, we have been taught that vegetables are good for you and should make up the bulk of your diet. During regular times, I agree. Nothing tastes better than vine-ripened vegetables especially a flavorful , just picked Tomato. But, during Survival Times most vegetables fall far short of a being a great food source.

Why would I say such a thing? Well, during regular times vegetables supply a lot of bulk and vitamins but contain few calories. A perfect food to make you feel full, provide good vitamins and nutrients but at the same time not make you fat. The perfect keep fit food.

During Survival times we probably will have limited resources and will probably need to grow and produce most of our own food. Once in survival mode our priority for food will be to use our limited resources to produce the most calorie dense food possible. In a food shortage, your body will scream for calories not for proper nutrition. What about nutrition? A good daily multi-vitamin will solve the nutrition problem. Multi-vitamins are inexpensive, store well, and should be a part of your emergency food storage.

Here are a few popular vegetables and how many calories a 100 gram or 3 1/2 oz (little less than 1/2 cup) serving provides.

• Celery – 7
• Cucumber – 10
• Radishes – 12
• Lettuce – 16
• Tomatoes – 17
• Asparagus – 22
• Broccoli – 24
• Spinach – 25
• Cabbage – 28
• Carrots – 30
• Green Beans – 40
• Kale – 45
• Onions – 64
• Spaghetti Squash – 75
• Butternut Squash – 82
• Peas – 83
• Potatoes – 86
• Black Eyed Peas – 114
• Sweet Potatoes – 115
• Corn – 123
• Yams – 153

An additional problem for me is that I live in a high mountain desert where we receive less than 15″ of rain per year. High calorie vegetables usually take less water to grow than the high water content, low calorie vegetables.

I think given limited resources, I’d stick to peas, corn, beans, potatoes and squash. But don’t take my word alone. We have the wisdom and experience of America’s Native residents. Native Americans lived for hundreds of years on what has become known as the “Three Sisters”, Corn, Beans and Squash.

You can grow the “Three Sisters” in a plot as small as 10′ x 10′. The “Three Sisters” have a symbiotic relationship. Each helping to provide for the needs of the other.

The Corn provides a stable stem for the beans to climb, the Beans provide nitrogen to the soil for the corn, and the Squash spreads along the top soil to retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Here is a link to a free e-book called “Squanto’s Garden”.
http://www.kywisp.com/gov/squanto.pdf

Add some peas, potatoes and yams and you have some real high calorie vegetables to keep you going even in the worst of times.

I’ll try to do some follow up articles on Dehydrating and Canning. Proper dehydration can prolong storage life of vegetables up to 30 years. Proper canning can prolong storage life of vegetables up to 5 -7 years.

 

Ed Rogers

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