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When it comes to putting out a garden, it is easy to select our favorites. Asparagus, melon, and cucumbers may taste great when fresh off the vine, but they don’t fare well for storage. Think of the most important crops for survival and how they will benefit you in the long run.
It doesn’t matter what type of beans you choose to plant. Green beans, lima beans, kidney beans or soy beans are all equally rich in protein and have a long shelf life.
Protein is a must when it comes to staying healthy and can be very difficult to find in other forms.
You may picture sweet corn that is able to be canned when thinking of corn. However, there are several different varieties. Popcorn is a great source of fiber and a treat for getting away from survival-mode for an evening. Flint corn, or Indian corn, can be ground into cornmeal for making a variety of dishes.
Potatoes can be grown by taking a piece of an existing potato and sticking it in the ground. Be sure to include a couple of ‘eyes’ in the mix. They can be grown inside or outside and provide a good source of protein, with all essential amino acids.
Grain is needed for bread, but most must be hulled in order to be processed. Try quinoa that is not actually a grain, but serves the same purpose and does not have to be hulled. Higher in protein than most grains, they deliver an abundance of product from very little seed and are easy to store and prepare.
Winter squash is easy to grow and is very rich in vitamins and fiber. When winter squash is dried and placed in a water-tight container, it will last for years. The seeds will produce great crops over and over again.
Other ideas for survival crops include sunflower seeds, onions and sweet potatoes. These may not be as critical as the ones listed above, but can provide nutrition and variety if there is enough room to grow. If you do a little research, you will find that Native Americans grew beans, corn and grain with much success.
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