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 collect Pine Nuts. See comment: "... take the freshly picked cones (They MUST be picked from the tree not from the ground!) and put them in a turkey roasting pan with a lid and put them in the oven at around 200-250 degrees. This stimulates the cones to open and they literally spit the seeds out of the cones and into the pan. You can even hear the seeds hitting the pan like popcorn. At that time, turn off the oven and let it cool down."
Purple Passion-Vine (Passiflora incarnata) Large Florida Native Perennial vine with beautiful purple flowers and delicious yellow edible fruit, used for Hawaiian Punch. Also, a host larval butterfly plant for the Florida State Butterfly, Zebra Longwing. Thrives with neglect in somewhat dry sunny or partial shade. For butterfly use plant in the partial shade.
"Studies have even shown that elderberry worked better than prescription remedies such as Tamiflu and Relenza...Elderberry wine was common in Colonial America and the elderberry was even called "the country medicine chest" because of its many uses. Elderberry's specific use as a flu remedy dates back to ancient Rome. Hippocrates (the "father of medicine") even promoted elderberry as an all-purpose tonic." (Contains small amount of toxin, deactivated by cooking.)
A ripe Florida Pond Apple. The ripe fruit has slid off the stem to fall, but has temporarily hung up on the leaves. Pond-apple fruits are eaten by many animal species: the common name is alligator-apple. The fruit has pungent, aromatic flesh, which is edible for humans, and can be made into jam. Some people consider the flavor agreeable, while others have characterized it as “insipid” or “scarcely desirable”. Usually only the locals acquire the taste for it.
Florida pond apple, flowering. Annona glabra is a tropical fruit tree in the family Annonaceae, in the same genus as the Soursop and Cherimoya. Common names include Pond-apple, Alligator-apple (called so because American Alligators sometimes eat the fruit.) Swamp apple, Corkwood, Bobwood, and Monkey-apple. The tree is native to Florida. It is common in the Everglades. It grows in swamps, is tolerant of saltwater, and cannot grow in dry soil. Edible for All!