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9 Crops to Live Off The Grid Forever

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In this video you’ll learn the 9 best staple crops for prolonged survival situations.

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9 Staple Crops

These are the best crops in terms of calorically-dense, ease-to grow (and even broken down by region)!

The further north you go, the harder it is to grow your food. Way up north, you obviously don’t see much growing.

Hence the meat heavy diet of the Inuit. As you start to come a little further south, you’ll start to see more barley, grain and oat. Once you hit the US, you’ll begin to get turnips, pumpkins, and potatoes. If you’re lucky enough to live in the tropics, you can get a huge variety of staple crops, and fruit that produce year round. What you grow is based on your climate, and how far south you live.

Let’s jump in! Grains are not my favorite. For the amount of work and the amount of space, there’s a lot of effort that goes into it. You have to grow them, shell them, grind them and all the work to thresh them out. Absolute pain. So, unless you’re in a very cold climate, a lot of those small grains don’t make sense. Unless you really want to grow your own and bread and have ample space. Otherwise, the only grain I recommend is…

Grain corn can be used to make corn flour, corn bread, corn fritters, and of course grits (very important in a survival situation).

And unlike other grains, it’s very easy to deal with. Simply harvest the ears when they’re dry, and crack off the kernels. You don’t have to sit there and try to beat the husks off them and get pricked by little thorny ons. So for ease and versatility, grain corn is a great staple crop. If you’re further north, stick to Flint Corn varieties.

Pumpkins have kept people alive for a long time. From the Indians, the settlers, and the pilgrims. Now, these aren’t your Halloween pumpkins. I’m talking about varietes like tan cheese Pumpkin.

If you’re in the south or up through the middle of the country, chances are you’ve got time to grow Sweet Potatoes.

They’re very nutritious, and don’t have the ‘insulin kick’ white potatoes have. People don’t think of them as a green vegetable, but you can actually take the leaves off of them, and cook them just as you would spinach.

More nutritious than quite a few of the staples on this list. I’m talking, Pecans, Walnuts, Hazelnuts and Chestnuts. Keep in mind, this is a long term investment. Plant them now, and in 5-10 years you’ll have buckets of them… and you won’t be working very hard to get them!

Turnips are really good for you, and they also have the benefit of having really good greens.

But, there’s only so many things you can eat with turnips. They’re great for survival. A staple crop that can handle the cold of a freezing Minnesota winter. This is a great survival crop. Lots of calories. And comes back year after year.

A final temperate climate survival crop that you probably have never heard of is dioscorea batatas, which is also known as the Chinese Yam.

It’s listed as an invasive species in some states at this point and that means it grows really easily. You can find it online by looking up cinnamon vine. It has tiny little boll bills, which are similar to chickpeas. They’re edible. You can cook them with butter. They’re carbohydrate rich. I grew them in north Florida, which is kind of towards the bottom of their range but you can grow them up into Massachusetts and elsewhere.

One final note, A lot of the items on here are carbohydrate rich.

So, if you’re are living on them, you’ll start to suffer from malnutrition. I recommend that you grow other mineral rich things to eat, things such as berries and kale, broccoli, cabbage, nice, orange carrots or purple carrots. They will help balance out your diet.

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