Apple trees are not only ideal for survival, but also for everyday living. That’s because this tree’s precious fruit can be eaten, made into cider, and even bartered with for other supplies.
It’s important to know that most types of apples do not pollinate on their own. There must be at least two different varieties near each other – that way, bees are able to cross-pollinate them.
It’s also important to note that not every environment is good for growing apple trees. However, if you do your research and plant accordingly, your tree will likely start bearing fruit in about 2 years’ time. Just make sure to pick an apple variety you enjoy eating!
White Birch Trees
White birch is known for their white, papery bark. Luckily, this bark can be very useful for lighting tinder – even when it’s damp!
Not to mention, white birch contains drinkable sap that doesn’t require purification. This syrupy-sweet liquid contains proteins, amino acids and enzymes that can be a great nutritional source for the body. Not to mention, some say birch trees even contain healing properties, and can help those with cancer.
Honey Locust Trees
When planted close together, honey locust trees can create a protective barrier around your property. These trees are great for home defense, since they’re naturally thorny and can help deter burglars.
Plus, the honey locust tree also produces edible pods containing legume pulp. Native Americans have dried out this pulp and used it as a sweetener.
But that’s not all. Once this tree is established, it becomes drought tolerant, making it great for dry conditions. Plus, its lumber is both durable and rot-resistant, making it excellent wood for shelters.
Oak trees produce lots of acorns, which are great for us to consume (or to make flour out of). You can also use these acorns as bait in order to lure small game into a snare.
If you’re going to eat an acorn, just make sure to take out the tannic acid (which causes the bitter taste). You can do this by either boiling or leaching the acorn. However, keep in mind those tannins can be useful as an antibacterial.
Finally, oak is a hard wood, making it great for crafting durable survival tools like spears and digging tools.
Cedar is great for building furniture, since it’s a soft, stable wood. This means it’s less likely to expand and crack. Thus, it’s also very useful for making a plethora of objects, such as musical instruments and shingles.
Plus, it’s great for cooking food. Ever had cedar plank salmon? Mmm mmm. Delicious.
Not to mention, the bark of the cedar tree can also be made into a tea. Its natural healing properties can help treat symptoms from the flu and the common cold.
Pine trees grow very fast, which makes them great for growing in a survival garden (as well as using for firewood).
Pine trees also contain a resin which it uses for defense. Once harvested, you can apply this resin to help treat wounds and stop bleeding.
One thing is clear – trees can be very helpful for numerous things (including providing shelter and protection from the elements). However, to get the most “bang for your buck,” it’s important to know a bit about the trees in your area.
Do your research and discover what all you can do using the unique trees in your area/bug out location. You’ll likely become much better prepared as a result!