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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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Sumac from "Eat the Weeds". Ripe berries soaked in warm water, filtered to remove irritating hairs, then sweetened into an ade. Peeled young shoots (no white pith inside), raw or cooked.

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Poke (Ink Weed) Berries in the treatment of Cancer; Rheumatism, Arthritis and Bone Spurs - The truth is that Poke, when properly used, is both safe and effective. It can also be a serious poison when ingested improperly, but is far less poisonous than some other plants and many pharmaceutical drugs.

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Storing and Using Amaranth: A Tutorial - Survival Mom

High in protein, amaranth is a versatile grain that has a long shelf life. grain can be popped like popcorn (for instructions click here or here), or made into a hearty porridge by cooking it similar to oatmeal. Popped amaranth can be used as an add-in to homemade granola or as a crunchy topping for salads. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten like spinach or kale.

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Usnea (Old Man's Beard): Food and Pharmacy Lichen - Usnea “Has unmistakable white core when main stem is pulled apart… I like it right off the tree in amounts about one/third to one half the size of a cotton ball... Larger amounts should be leached of the acid [by soaking in several changes of water] or it will irritate your lower digestive track… For external wounds is can be a lifesaver to prevent infections and gangrene. Internally it is a pain reliever, broad spectrum antibiotic…”

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Usnea: Food and Pharmacy Lichen

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Hydrocotyle bonariensis, and its cousin, Centella erecta, a.k.a. Pennywort or Dollarwort and gotu kola. These weeds have a chemical, like celery, that helps the aorta and blood vessels relax. They do that by increasing the amount of nitrous oxide available and that can lower blood pressure. In India, Centella has been used for that purpose for some 3,000 years. Eat raw or cooked like any green.

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Pennyworts Making Sense

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Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium carolinianum) - The plant is high in tannins, which is why it is bitter and used for diarrhea. You can eat it raw or cooked.

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Stork’s Bill, Cranesbill

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Spanish Needles, Pitchfork Weed, Bidens Alba - Young leaves (a few at a time; high saponin content) and flowers for salad. Shoots, tips and young leaves are good potherbs. It’s dried leaves are also a favored in Hawaii for tea. Related Biden pilosa lowers blood sugar and blood pressure, stimulates the immune system and is anti-inflammatory.

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Edible Elderberry, or Poisonous Water Hemlock? How to Tell. Image: Elderberry blooms are irregular flattops. Photo by Green Deane

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Harvesting Pine Pollen- How & Why

Harvesting Pine Pollen, How and Why

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