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Pick a Card, Any Card…

Pick a Card, Any Card…

Leaves of three, let them be.

And that’s about the extent of my botanical recognition skills.

That works for now since I buy my produce already labeled, but I’ll be out of luck if I’m ever stranded in the wilderness and in need of sustenance… because Lord knows I’m not going to catch anything with my hunting skills.

If you’re like me and can’t distinguish parsley from cilantro (c’mon, you know they look the same), help is on the way!

Allow me to introduce Wild Cards: Edible Wild Foods.

It’s a deck of cards that doubles as a food guide, merging it into an unusual combination of entertainment and survival. One side of the card features a glossy pic of an edible plant, as well as its locations in North America (so I guess it’s not quite as useful if you live on any other continent. Sorry).amaranth

The other side lists helpful information in the form of – 

• Warnings, such as: “Too much can result in kidney or bladder irritation.” Yikes.
• The parts of the plant that are actually edible
• The characteristics of the plant
• Different uses (Stimulants, anyone?)
• Hints: “Dried, powdered wintergreen leaves have more flavor than fresh leaves.” Good to know.

As for the card playing aspect, once you realize that the aloe vera plant is a two of spades and wild mustard is the eight of hearts…  well, let’s just say it takes away some of the element of surprise. But hey, maybe it’ll help teach you how to count cards for your next trip to Vegas.

You can order these multipurpose cards here. And you can thank me later when you find yourself in a Walking Dead scenario and you don’t have a Daryl Dixon to hunt down wild boar for you.                                          




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  1. Really nifty idea!! As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think of the hunger games. If only that girl had those cards (for her environment/world of course) she would have known not to eat the ones that will kill you. See, very helpful!

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