So I'm often thinking in terms of lists as the most logical approach to survival.
Break it down to the absolute basics.
It's the typical Noah's Ark scenario, but this time you have to pick the top ten plant varieties only (Assume the typical animals will be along just
for arguments sake). You have to pick the ten most successful, resilient, nutritious, adaptable, multipurpose, storable plant varieties to refeed, and
outfit not only the human race, but the entire planet too. For argument's sake lets also assume mushrooms and fungus will reoccur naturally (as well
as possibly one grass variety and several tree varieties as well as bees). Lets stick to the typical nuts, seeds, grains, greens, tubers, roots,
beans, legumes, berries, cones, flowers, grasses, fruits, melons and gourds. Try to be accurate with your suggestions since I plan on actually
preparing my own mini "seed vault" that will fit in a small pocket of a bugout bag, vacuum sealed to last. Make several dozen packs and trade them
with the vandals, bandits and zombies. Even though I'm sure zombies have no interest in farming whatsoever.
I will start with the first 3 of the list, but I'm sure it will get real hard to come up with the last 7. List the plant name, and then state your
case why it should come along (uses, benefits etc).
1.) Hopi Blue Corn Link
Corn has proven to be a winner the world around. Its uses are endless. Feed for cattle, used as flour/meal, huge source of starches which can be
turned into other things.
2.) Hemp Link
It has its obvious uses sure, but it's an incredible fiber that could easily take the place of cotton. All our paper could be made from it. The oils
are healthful and have amazing resistance to altitude and pressure. The seeds are edible, the plant is edible. It grows anywhere, in any climate with
little to no resources. It helps to prevent cancer and is useful treating nausea. There is a reason why they call it "weed", it literally is one.
3.) Moringa tree Link
This is one of those super plants. Providing it's warm enough, this plant will flourish and provide edible leaves, roots, beans (nuts), oil, and
numerous medicinal uses including antiparasitical.
Some of my candidates I'm mulling over for 4-10 are Teatree, Garlic, Goji berry (or blackberry), Sunflowers, Aloe, Potato and Zuccini. As you can see
you will more than likely only get one plant from each variety, so make it count.
All suggestions and ideas are welcome.