In order to survive on what nature gives us, we must know the nature of course. This applies to all parts.

Knowledge of (edible) plants and (medicinal) herbs, seeds, roots and tubers, flowers
of mushrooms
of shrubs and trees, woods, their use and fruits
of minerals
of animals and their habits.

wandelruggenOn all these issues, there are dozens of books and documentaries. But if you need the knowledge tomorrow, you cannot just acquire it quickly.
It is much better to walk with experts for a few years and to share their experience. Numerous environmental organizations offer opportunities.
Herbal walks, bird watching, identify insects, geologists on the road... this is the coziest and most social way to collect necessary knowledge in your own neighborhood. You’ll find also interesting contacts and fine hobbies that way.

We try to gather important, interesting or strange facts in relation to survival but do not take the place of determination - and other experts.

If you can reliably recognize edible things you can also collect them at the most appropriate time. It makes little sense to pick nuts prematurely, they do fall off when they are ripe. With soft fruit you don’t wait of course, it should almost rot. If you harvest too early is not yummy.

We have a new hood to the top of the TV.

With all those cooking shows nowadays...