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If you are in a survival situation in the woods and REALLY hungry, and you are unsure about which plants are edible, can you eat pine needles?

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There are so many edible plants that you can surely find something good to eat in the woods. –  Jay Bazuzi Feb 2 '12 at 18:25
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@JayBazuzi Problem is, there are also so many poisonous plants... –  berry120 Feb 2 '12 at 23:41
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My point is that wherever you are going, you could learn about a few easy, tasty, nutritious plants beforehand. –  Jay Bazuzi Feb 3 '12 at 18:28
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Pine needles have virtually no caloric value.
I would not recommend pine needles as an energy source, although they have plenty of vitamin C and make delicious tea. This is good in winter to avoid getting scurvy in a long-term survival situation.

As already mentioned, Yew needles are toxic to the human body. There are several genera of yew. Generally they grow at higher elevations and in man-made parks.

If anything looks like these yew needles, leave them be and don't eat them:

Yew needles - do not eat.

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Assuming they are similar to rosemary, yeah... very very few calories: calorielab.com/search/?search_input=rosemary –  Russell Steen Feb 3 '12 at 1:49
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All pines, spruces and firs have edible needles.

All yews are poisonous, and can look like some of the above, so be careful you have identified the tree correctly!

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