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Wild Native Edible Florida Plants & Weeds

This board has information on foraging for wild, native plants and weeds that can be found in Florida and the South. These can also be planted and cultivated in the garden or yard for presumably easy care food plants - why fight nature when we can work with it?

How to Become an Intermediate Forager in 30 Seconds : ) so cool!!!! You can take a pic of the plant, and google image search can help you find out what it is and if you can eat it!

Horseweed flowers - Young leaves are edible. The leaves are best dried and stored for later use to help flavour meals (flavour is similar to tarragon). The young seedlings are also edible. Native people once pulverized the young tops and leaves and ate them raw (similar to using an onion). The leaves are a good source of calcium and potassium and well as protein.

Horseweed: Pictures, Flowers, Leaves and Identification

The Rural Economist: Wild Edibles #3 Dove's Foot Geranium aka Dovesfoot Cranesbill. IF this is an accurate identification of the plant in the photo, I have it in my Florida yard. But other sites show a different-looking plant:

The Rural Economist: Wild Edibles #3 Dove's Foot Geranium

3 things about sowing nasturtium seeds. Every part of this plant is edible, leaves, stems, flowers.

3 Things About Sowing Nasturtium Seeds : My Skinny Garden

Nasturtiums -- Edible Landscaping with Charlie Nardozzi :: National Gardening Association

Foraging for Elderberries: How to identify, where to find it, and how to harvest the berries. Detailed photos for ID.

Elderberries - One Acre Farm

Hankshaw says: Maple seeds are a neglected food source. In the Spring you can harvest buckets of them. 1) Hull the pea-like seeds. 2) Boil in water, draining and reboiling until the tannins are removed (the bitter taste) 3) season to taste. Or dry in the sun or roast in the oven. They can be ground into a usable flour.

Image:Maple seed study 3503.jpg - wikiHow

Benefits of St. John’s Wort - Natural Health - MOTHER EARTH NEWS (anti-anxiety, and wound healing)

Benefits of St. John’s Wort

This Little Weed (Plantain) is one of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet - The Future of Health Now

(chickweed is much more densely nutritious than lettuce). Fresh chickweed is very nutritious—it contains vitamin C and protein—and is a great addition to a spring salad. Traditionally, the herb was considered soothing to irritated mucous membranes, and the dried herb was made into teas for coughs and hoarseness.

peasant food | wild*crafty

Medicinal Uses of Lantana (crushed leaves help heal cuts). Can be toxic when eaten, though!

The Amazing Lantana Plant

KUDZU Pretty much the entire plant is edible and is also known for medicinal values. The leaves can be eaten raw, steam or boiled. The root can be eaten as well.

52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat | Self-Sufficiency

10 of the World's Deadliest Plants — And How They Kill You (I don't think they're all found in Florida, but just in case!)

10 of the World's Deadliest Plants — And How They Kill You

Clover- as always, Green Dean over at Eat The Weeds does an excellent job helping us identify and use wild edibles.

Fiddlehead Ferns - Florida Foraging (spring). Root also edible.

Healing Weeds: St John’s Wort - found in Central Florida

Healing Weeds: St John’s Wort

Harvesting Pine Pollen How and Why | And Here We Are... #foraging #wildfood #pinepollen #herbs

Harvesting Pine Pollen-- How & Why - And Here We Are

Merriwether's Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest: Sweetgum (seeds in pod are edible, crushed leaves are antibiotic, more...)

Wild Mustard a.k.a. horta or vrouves - easy Greek Recipe

Wild Mustard Greens (Vrouves) - Greek Recipes

Stalking Wild Mustard - AKA Rapini - Found Fruit. (May have this out back?)

Stalking Wild Mustard - AKA Rapini

EatTheWeeds: Episode 56: Crowfoot Grass. Harvest this wild grain in the fall and grind for flour!