In contemplating Survivalist / GTFO / Going Off the Grid scenarios, an expansive garden is key. And in terms of health, berries of various types provide some of the most nutritional content out there.
Vitamins, blah, etc, and even cancer fighting anti-oxidants. Some even have defensive purposes from property perimeter barricading to bird flu pandemics. So attempting to get as many different types of berries as possible is recommended, but below a few in my interest are highlighted. Be sure to keep some in pots in case you have to move or GTFO, and plant right away because basically all of them are perennials that you have to wait a great deal of time to actually get product from.
These little marvels come from the Himalayan Mountains. You could almost live off eating nothing but these. They contain 8 different antioxidants, 6 of which are world exclusive to this berry only. When they’re old enough they produce almost all year round, given the proper climate, and the berries can be dried for eating during the off months.
The dried weight of the berries is 12% protein, amongst other things:
11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals.
18 amino acids.
6 essential vitamins.
8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides.
5 unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.
beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols.
5 carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin (below), lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin, a xanthophyll.
numerous phenolic pigments (phenols) associated with antioxidant properties.
They’re drought, heat and frost tolerant perennials. Seeds here.
These are also good for you. But my interest in in their use is as defensive perimeter barriers. As shown above, these grow into nasty ‘brier patches’. Try to run through that. I dare you. So while the outside world is held back by nasty thorns, you’ll have plentiful fruit to eat and do other things with.
My advice is to determine the places you might GTFO to, and go right away and plant hundreds of seeds around the property line and even outwards.You can harvest the seeds from store bought berries, but its a pain to get them out. The best way is to mash them up, add some water, and leave them in the sun in a see-thru tupperware type container until the goopy fiber decomposes from the hard seeds.
As far as I’m aware, this is about the best thing you can grow / create yourself to have a line of defense against something like a Bird Flu Pandemic. There are some other (even everyday) herbs that could help, and I’ll cover later, but this is the big dog.
From what I’ve read, the extract ‘tincture’ form is the most effective. A recipe I read involved taking the dried berries, and basically soaking them in vodka for a week or 2. Then strain off the berries, and hope and pray that you never have to drink it in the event you think you’ve contracted a deadly flu.
Be sure to get the North American version seeds, not just because they’re native, but because they have the best climate zone survivability out of the ones I’ve read about.
Most berries, and many other things, contain cancer defense. But these berries provide cancer OFFENSE. Talk about barter value.
The only catch for most of us is that you either have to live in the true south of Florida, or you’ll need a greenhouse to grow them in. As far as palm trees go, they’re apparently prolific growers.
If it isn’t too cold where you live, I read one case where the greenhouse grower used blue plastic drums full of water to capture solar heat during the day to warm the trees with radiant heat at night. You can also employ small pot fires to help warm the air.
If you gather enough big screen tv’s you might end up with enough pieces of plexiglass to build a greenhouse for any tropical exotics on your list.