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?
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: www.paghat.com/...
The Rural Economist: Wild Edibles #3 Dove's Foot Geranium
Nasturtiums -- Edible Landscaping with Charlie Nardozzi :: National Gardening Association
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
(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
X - MULLEIN Tea Caution: Caution is necessary when handling the leaves because they may cause contact dermatitis ... Straining the tea through a piece of cheesecloth before consumption removes any mullein leaf hairs, which may irritate the throat.The FDA lists mullein in its Poisonous Plant Database as a fish poison because its seeds contain rotenone, a toxin to fish. The seeds are not safe for use in mullein tea.
Mullein Weed makes tea to soothe throats
Mullein Tea | LIVESTRONG.COM
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.
Healing Weeds: St John’s Wort - found in Central Florida