The Top 9 Most Nutritious Foods For Your Survival Garden
Some foods are delicious and some are nutritious. Many are both, and it’s these that we’re going to take a look at today. For your survival garden, there are some foods that should be a priority due to their nutritional value and the amount of space that you need to grow them in, so let’s get started!
They are the most nutrient-dense food that you can grow in the smallest space, they’re packed with vitamin A2, vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, potassium, fiber, vitamin B3, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.
There’s also 114 calories in a cup of cubed sweet potatoes. On top of that, they’re delicious and can be cooked a number of different ways so that you don’t run the risk of food fatigue. Sweet potatoes store well in a cellar as long as you don’t wash them before storing them. They can last all winter.
Different foods require different types of care in order to last as long as possible. Be sure to always do your research for each food stuff to know if they should be washed, stored with fresh air or air tight, or any other precautions. For example, some fresh foods shouldn't be stored together because they can encourage each other's tendency to rot. Like onions, which when stored with potatoes will cause them to sprout and rot faster.
Though this food isn’t packed with many nutrients, it does have quite a few calories and a number of other benefits. It’s a fiber-rich food that will help keep your digestive tract healthy. The fiber also helps slow down the burning of calories so that you stay fuller longer and have sustained energy.
Corn is also high in carotenoids, or antioxidants that help keep free radicals from causing disease. Finally, corn can be dried and ground into corn meal or corn flour that can be used to make everything from johnny cakes to corn bread and polenta. It’s a great addition to your survival garden.
Dry beans are packed with fiber, protein and many other nutrients that make them a near perfect food. As a matter of fact, beans and rice actually provide you with a perfect combination of protein and carbohydrates. For example, in 1 cup of pinto beans, you get 206 calories, 2 grams of fat and almost 12 grams of protein.
You can yield about 3-5 pounds of beans from 100 square feet of garden and they have a fairly short maturation time.
Some examples of beans include lentils, pintos, navy beans, peas, favas, soybeans and garbonzo beans. When dried, they store for several years as seeds and up to 2 years as a food source. Because some beans grow better in some locations than others, you’ll need to research what grows best in your area.
The flavor possibilities with beans are nearly endless. While they pack a hefty punch when it comes to nutrients, protein, and calories, most of them have a mild enough flavor to take well to almost anything you want to make. Throw black or red beans into nearly any soup. Blend garbanzo beans to create a creamy texture for soups, sauces, or even some desserts like brownies.
There are several different varieties of winter squash but they’re all packed with vitamins A and C. They’re also calorie-dense and full of healthy fiber that will help you stay full longer and utilize the high amount of carbohydrates found in many varieties.
You can get 50-90 pounds of squash from 100 square feet of garden space.
To store squash, you can can them or you can store them as-is in a shed or cellar just like you do potatoes. Check them every couple of weeks and discard ones that are starting to go bad.
Other foods that deserve mention include broccoli, asparagus, onions and Brussels sprouts. Depending on your garden space and your storage area, you should make an effort to grow enough each year to get you through 2 years just in case disaster does strike.
If you don’t have that much space, do what you can with what you have to work with.
Do you currently grow a survival garden? What plants have done best for you?