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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?

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Magnolia Vinegar Recipe | "This magnolia flower vinegar recipe is something to die for. Within 24 hours it has turned from clear to a deep pink, and the flavour, well it has to be tasted to be believed." Use in salad dressings, over steamed fish, drizzled with oil over sauteed vegetables, in a sweet dressing on exotic fruits

Magnolia Flower Vinegar

How to Grow and Use Tea Hibiscus/Florida Cranberry - the “zinger” in Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea.

Sheep's Sorrel, Red Sorrel, Sour Weed Rumex acetosella

Florida Chinquapin (Castanea pumila). "Bush Chestnuts" are small trees commonly found through the Eastern, and Southern USA. They bear one nut per bur. The burs (Involucres) open into two halves, such as a clam shell. Also called the American, Common, or Allegheny Chinquapin. It may well be our most mistreated native North American nut tree. It has been widely hailed for its sweet edible nut; wood source for fuel, charcoal, fence post, and railroad ties; coffee and chocolate substitutes.

Native Chinquapin - Edible Landscaping

Handy Plant: Making Yucca Soap

Handy Plant: Making Yucca Soap

4 Safe Edible Mushrooms for Foragers and Cheapskates (At least 3 found in Florida!)

Identifying Edible Air Potatoes in the Wild - Florida Survival Gardening

Herbal Medicine Garden, Survival Recipes, Grow, Easy Edible Plants, Farm Living Diy, Elderberry Recipes Berries, Canning Recipes Homesteads, Foraging Food, Elderberry Identification

Elderberry Foraging, Identification & Uses - Montana Homesteader

Why Chris McCandless of Into the Wild died: eating a plant identified as harmless in foraging guides!

How Chris McCandless Died - The New Yorker

Roselle a.k.a Cranberry Hibiscus, a great Florida edible. It makes for a beautiful ornamental, and a yummy green!

Roselle | Crispy Farms

Foraging Wild Peppergrass for a Native Spice, plus Peppergrass Chermoula Recipe

Foraging Wild Peppergrass for a Native Spice

Redroot Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) - this looks like what I have in my Central Florida yard - edible.

Lambsquarters, pigweed, goosefoot: METHOD OF PREPARATION: Young leaves raw, older leaves sweated or boiled, seeds after soaking overnight and rinsed well to remove saponins on surface. Chenopodium is a nitrogen holding plant  and high in oxalic acid. Best avoided by those with kidney stones, gout or related issues.  Seed is 49% carbohydrate, 16% protein, and 5.88% ash. Water the seeds are soaked in can be used as soap. - via Green Deane on Eat The Weeds

Pigweed Potpourri | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

potato purslane soup recipe

Grains&More: purslane soup

Harvesting Greater Plantain (Plantago major)- this is a nice article. Goes into a bit more detail about the process of harvesting plantain seed.

Florida Cranberry - Florida Survival Gardening: Survival Plant Profile

16 edible Florida plants

Florida Survival Gardening: 2 Blocks: 17 Edibles
  • David Goodman

    Thanks, Christina. www.floridasurvivalgardenin... is my site. Caddy just doesn't know that we give to the local Humane Society... or that my plants are now feeding animals at a local Wildlife Rescue... or that we've created habitat for endangered species on our property... or... well, the list goes on.

  • David Goodman

    And... thanks for the pin!

  • Christina Mendoza

    Hi, David! I just realized I had your website open in another tab this whole time, because I was finding such helpful information on Florida plants, and wanted to read more. I ordered some Moringa seeds a few weeks ago, so wish me luck! Thanks for all the great gardening advice!

  • David Goodman

    That's great. I wish you luck - moringa grows really quickly from seeds. You'll be eating it in no time. I like to boil the leaves to make tea when I need a pick-me-up, too. Great herbal remedy for just about everything.

  • Christina Mendoza

    Awesome, thank you!

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Nutgrass (Cyperus rotundus) Purple nut sedge, found in Florida and other hot, dry places.

Cyperus rotundus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Purple nut sedge (Cyperus rotundus) "The plant is a good source of carbohydrates and has many useful medicinal and aromatic qualities... They suggest that the plant's [tuber's] ability to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium which contributes to tooth decay, may have contributed to the unexpectedly low level of cavaties found in the agricultural population."

Viburnum lantana, berries edible, branches used for arrow shafts -- see Eat the Weeds: www.eattheweeds.c...

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