One of my readers, Cindy Donahey, writes to me about many interesting things in response to my posts. One of her comments about my recent Wild Grape Vine & Pollinators post caused me to do some research. She wrote “you can get water from cut grapevines that is clean to drink,” and I found she’s correct. You can use grape vines as a source of water.
Researching a number of survival websites, I found “grape vines (the genus Vitis) can yield water throughout the spring season in North America. Use a good woody-plants field guide to make certain you’re dealing with a grape species. Small vines about a half-inch in diameter, cut a few feet above ground, will drip water for some time. Larger vines in which a notch has been cut will gush water. Again, be sure to use a trusty identification guide. There are some toxic vines out there that produce sap that would not be good to drink.” (Outdoor Life)
Hopefully, I’ll never be in a position where I have to seek out grape vines for a water source, but this was an interesting fact. I continue to be awed by nature.
For more information about actually obtaining water from vines, see Here is how to Find a survival Water Source in Vines.