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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote There are hundreds of edible, useful, and medicinal plants in the desert. Here are just a few. Charlie Goes to the Desert: Charlie Rattigan visits Saguaro National Park in Arizona. Learn about a few of the desert’s beautiful plant life. Video Rating: 3 / 5

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  • No-Buhl Cher 7 years ago

    I like the music. ? Thank you for the video.

  • qzetu 7 years ago

    thank you for the info.?

  • newby1627 7 years ago

    you get more water from it by? eating it.

  • MrFirewater92 7 years ago

    what part of arizona your at??

  • fenderstratman120 7 years ago

    and worst? off i actaully died lol im talking to from heaven

  • tristen P. 7 years ago

    when was this shot because my bud? has a christmas cholla and its fruited and looks jsut liek yours but its november

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    I have had to spend around 10 years studying plants of this region. Micheal Moore put out some really good books on medicinal plants, Anne Orth Epple has a really good Plants of Arizona, There are? also a few that cover specifically edible plants of the west. I found a few that I got from searching google. Some I have are old with black and white drawings. I use the scientific name from these and cross reference it with the field guide Just to be safe.

  • themaxx69 7 years ago

    Nice vid. Any recommendations on books on this subject? I’ve seen quite a few books on edible plants, but not many specifically for Arizona.?

  • polylingue 7 years ago

    That blue little? lizzard has a hard on!!! WTF?

  • Phillip Cash 7 years ago

    great video! very interesting and helpful. only complaint, your camera isn’t the greatest so it was hard to see the plants to identify them well. are there any kinds of cacti you shouldn’t eat and how do? you identify them?

  • MTNMANTIM 7 years ago

    great information. you do a fine job on? your videos thanks for passing them along.

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    Although this works, It is? better to add these to a vegetation still or a solar still to increase the volume of fluids. If in the desert try to go light. carrying too much weight can cause issues. You could dehydrate much faster. Any extra weight should be water. I have used this method (from the video) to soak a bandanna to help stay cool so I wouldn’t use precious drinking water. It is a bit slimy but it works.

  • DerFeindr 7 years ago

    Couldn’t some kind of small? press be useful to carry if you know you’ll find cacti or other watery plants in the area? Perhaps it could even double the amount of water you could extract with less effort.

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    Keep in mind? the plant I am demonstrating is Yucca baccata in this video.

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    In early spring the stalk will begin to sprout. At this point the plant can? be harvested and pit roasted. It is eaten much like artichoke hearts. The inner fibers make an excellent cord that is extremely strong. The sharp needle can be pulled off the end of the leaf with the fibers attached and used as a needle and tread. I have a pair of pants that I sewed up with it and after several washes they are still holding. There are several varieties of plants in the agave family.

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    These saponins must be cooked out of the plant before consumption. I have personally eaten the Young stalk, and blooms, and? fruits. The root as stated in some literature is edible but extremely difficult to eat because of the huge amount of tough fibers. The root does make a great soap but I prefer to use the leaves instead of the root. This way I do not have to destroy the entire plant. Agave can in fact cause severe contact dermatitis in some people.

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    Yucca is in the same family? as the Mescal plant also called the Agave. Although in the same family they are both very different plants. The stalk of the Agave is very large and thick. The inside of the agave stalk has a sweet liquid inside the spongy core. It is safe to drink. I have learned that the seed pod of the agave are poisonous. This pod starts at the base of the flower pedal. Yucca (Yucca baccata) Agave family contain saponins that can be irritating to the digestive track.

  • Joe Jaboro 7 years ago

    The yuca plant, in the military survial guild book its called mescal . I have cut the stalk part and eat it raw , tastes like cucumber, but if you wait a day? it drys up like wood…. So what does the flower part tast like??

  • shawnio 7 years ago

    crash test dummies awesome?

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    It tastes like a slimy slightly bitter cucumber? lol. Not too bad though.

  • wheelori814 7 years ago

    what does the hedhog cactus taste? like?

  • HipieofBSA 7 years ago

    DO NOT touch a pear cactus that seems to have no pricklers when I? was in Sedona , I learned the hard way.

  • 313rossini 7 years ago

    could? you use a flame on the christmas cholla insted of cutting?

  • doctorcrapable 7 years ago

    they sell them? at the grocery store here in mexico

  • desertsurvivalist 7 years ago

    As long as they are green and have no milky sap they are fine. I have seen prickly pear with purple looking pads….I stay away from them. I have also seen some for what ever reason that? have milky sap and I stay away from those as well. The one in the video is perfectly safe raw or cooked.