“When looking for long term survival seeds, you will need to grow carbohydrates from starchy vegetables, such as Winter squash and pumpkins, and protein from dry beans and grain. No other grain yields as well, and is as easy to harvest and grow without machinery as corn.”
When looking at the yield of calories per pound, the vegetables that come out on top are…
Related: Garden Vegetable Calories
Other considerations for seeds purposed towards survival and preparedness include:
We need foods which provide the energy to keep us going!
Grains, starchy vegetables and fruit all provide calories. Corn grown as a grain is my first choice. Not only is it very high in carbohydrates, it yields better than the small grains like wheat. Corn can also be grown and harvested with simple hand tools.
Starchy vegetables include root crops such as beets and winter squash and pumpkins. Fruit tastes sweet because of the sugar, but is not as high in carbohydrates as it seems. Small fruits like berries and grapes can be established in a few years, but trees will take much longer. If you have a place to plant them, do it THIS year.
There are three general categories of food nutrition. Vitamins, Protein and Carbohydrates. While the grocery store shelves are full, that is the order we are usually looking for. However, when foods are scarce, the order is reversed. Getting enough calories becomes the most important goal.
No matter what happens, we all need to eat. Growing our own food and storing it will save us money. If we don’t have a place to grow food now, we still should have the tools, seeds and knowledge. A well stocked pantry should include not only food, but the means to produce and preserve it as well.
I recommend that everyone should buy and store whole grains to eat, such as rice, wheat and oats. Even if you won’t be growing all these grains in the future, they can save you a lot of money buying them in quantity and eating them now. Stored grains can feed you while you get your garden up to the size you will need. The money you save will allow you to buy other things to prepare. Grains keep best and contain the most nutrition whole. Rice is an exception, removing the hull on brown rice extends storage life. You will need a grain mill to make flour, and to learn how to cook foods you like from the grains you choose. You can and should grow some of your own grains at home too.
Fresh meat fish and eggs are widely available now, but would be very scarce and expensive without refrigeration. Freshly caught or butchered foods may become an occasional luxury at best. Beans will eventually become our major source for protein. They are not hard to grow or store in the fully mature dry stage.
I would recommend stocking up on a quantity of seeds (which should last several years). If you have not planted a garden before, I highly recommend that you start now. It takes a number of growing seasons to figure things out and every year that you wait is another year lost…
My primary requirements for “survival” seeds are calories. That means potatoes, corn, and beans (which are also high in protein).
Tip: For potatoes, I save a number of them from the previous season because as they age they will grow green shoots, and you can use these potatoes to plant next spring. Supply yourself with an inventory of seeds including corn and beans.
Note: Some of the statements above are referenced from SeedForSecurity.com.
What are your thoughts regarding seeds for survival and preparedness?