11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

When the apocalypse comes, you're going to need to be able to live off the land. And sometimes, the land will be... kind of weird. You already know you can eat bugs and spiders. But what else can you eat? Here are 11 things you probably didn't realize were edible.

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1. Fish that you've poisoned. You can use mashed acorns or lime prepared from burned sea shells and coral to poison fish without rendering it inedible.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

2. Tree bark. Many trees have a nutritious bark underlayer that can be scraped off and eaten. Here's a recipe.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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3. Armadillos. Forager Green Deane describes these critters as "possum on the half shell."

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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4. Chalk. Edible, and a good source of calcium.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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5. Cigarettes. Not necessarily a good source of nutrition, but cigarettes have natural antiseptic and anti-parasitic properties.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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6. Dirt, Clay, and Diatomaceous earth. Sources of minerals and iron.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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7. Chemical peels. Alpha hydroxy acid, a main ingredient in chemical peels and skin creams, is derived from citrus fruits, sour milk, sugar cane, and other food sources.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

8. Rotting meat. It seems gross, but this guy uses it his only source of essential digestive enzymes.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

9. Leather. As long as the tanning chemicals are not toxic, and after cooking for a long, long, long time.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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10. The stinkhorn mushroom (Phallus impudicus). It looks, well, impudicus, and it smells awful, but it and its spores, slime layer removed, are edible.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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11. Marijuana. The raw plant won't not get you high, but it will get you much less high than the dried. It should also confer some of the medicinal benefits.