Gorse why is a great plant to add to your pantry

NZ Lifestyle Block - - FEATURE -

A SUR­PRIS­INGLY WON­DER­FUL sur­vival food to keep in mind is the much-de­spised gorse. Gorse is sadly in­vad­ing many ar­eas of New Zealand but it also means, de­pend­ing on your par­tic­u­lar sur­vival sit­u­a­tion, you may just be able to find it within your reach.

The well-known bright yel­low flow­ers are quite ed­i­ble and are sim­ply eaten raw or steeped into a tea, tast­ing some­what like al­monds. Although slightly toxic due to al­ka­loids, the small level of tox­i­c­ity is not some­thing to be con­cerned about in a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion. Nei­ther the seeds nor pods are ed­i­ble.

Another in­ter­est­ing note about gorse flow­ers is that Bach prac­ti­tion­ers of­ten pre­scribe their essence for in­di­vid­u­als who have given up hope, those that have lost mo­ti­va­tion. This neg­a­tive state is some­thing that you want to avoid in a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion, so a tea from the bright lit­tle yel­low flow­ers wouldn’t go astray.

This in­va­sive and ob­nox­ious weed also serves a pur­pose in the reestab­lish­ment of na­tive for­est. In places of aban­doned land, ni­tro­gen-fix­ing gorse has been found to be a use­ful nurs­ery for na­tive bush re­gen­er­a­tion. The newly-grow­ing na­tive seedlings grow through the gorse; as they get big­ger they com­pete for the light, nour­ish­ment and wa­ter, slowly killing off the gorse.

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