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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?

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

Identifying Edible Air Potatoes in the Wild - Florida Survival Gardening

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

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

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."

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