Health Ranger teaches wild foods: Yaupon Holly for “coffee” and Nopal cactus fruit for nutrition
06/10/2017 // Mike Adams // Views

Continuing with our popular series of outdoor videos that teach wild foods and self-reliance, today I'm posting two short videos:

  • Yaupon Holly (the first video below) is the only native plant in North America that's a natural source of caffeine. It can be used to make a cheap source of "coffee" or tea, especially in survival situations. Don't expect it to taste like premium coffee, however.
  • Nopal Cactus provides a nutrient-rich "superfruit" in the summer. This superfruit is rich in anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants. It's well known to help prevent type-2 diabetes by regulating blood sugar. Nopal cactus fruit can be harvested with tongs, blended in a Vita-Mix and squeezed through a nut milk bag to make nopal cactus fruit juice. (Have some tweezers handy to pull the tiny spines out of your skin, of course.) This cactus fruit isn't very sweet, so you'll need to add a natural sweetener like honey.

These are both part of the ongoing Health Ranger Science series of educational videos that introduce people to wild foods, natural medicines and living in harmony with nature.

Video Transcript: “What you're looking at here is Yaupon Holly. It's the only natural, living source of caffeine in North America. If you're a prepper or if you want to have an alternate source of caffeine as an herbalist, this is plant you want to look for – Yaupon Holly. It's believed to be poisonous, but it's a false belief because Native American Indians use to use this plant to over indulge on caffeine and actually hallucinate with a way to connect with some of their spirit guides. Caffeine was there psychedelic drug – if you will. But obviously caffeine has many uses, especially in a collapse or preparedness type, you can take these leaves, which grow like weeds much across Central Texas, you can roast them, sort of like coffee roasting, and you can actually then make quite a delicious caffeinated tea out of this. In a time of collapse or preparedness, people are going to be desperate for sources of coffee and tea. So, this plant could become very handy...”

Watch both videos below:




Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called "Food Forensics"), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics.

Mike Adams also serves as the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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