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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?

Wild Native Edible Florida Plants & Weeds

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See the difference between Henbit, Purple Dead Nettle and Ground Ivy

Three (easily mixed up) early spring plants

Joe Hollis teaching about southern ginseng (Gynostemma pentaphyllum).

Loquats (a.k.a. Japanese or Chinese plums) are ripe, from about mid-February through March. They're sweetest when the yellow skin is a little orange. Don't eat more than a few of the seeds since, like peach pits and apple seeds, they contain amygdalin, which turns into cyanide during digestion!

Wild Edibles #3 Dove's Foot Geranium (Video only) - eat in limited quantities, as it's high in tannic acid.

Acorn Tea, Warms the body and soul and gives you energy.

Henbit: Top of the pecking order | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

Henbit dead-nettle: the leaves, stem, and flowers of the plant are edible and are faintly reminiscent of spinach. (I just ate some that sprouted in the garden, February 2015.)

Lamium amplexicaule - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Creeping charlie range and identification, food and medicinal use. Wildcrafting Wednesday herbal blog hop.

Weekly Weeder #25 - Creeping Charlie+ Wildcrafting Wednesday

Chickweed is an annual wild edible that grows in many locations and as hardy as it is, chickweed is quite delicate. This is an easy-to-grow plant that’s healthy to eat and it produces flowers throughout the growing season even in hot, dry conditions. Chickweed is multi-functional because its presence decreases insect damage to other plants. This plant has a lot of health benefits and is full of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

Chickweed: Pictures, Flowers, Leaves and Identification

How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit - great tip for getting rid of the spines!

How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus

Amazing Amaranth And How To Use It. "The leaves of Amaranth, also called Indian Spinach are delightful eaten when small sprouts and resemble the flavor of sweet, but slightly spicy spinach."

TSG: Amazing Amaranth And How To Use It

Harvesting Amaranth Seed... I might use this idea for harvesting the rainbow quinoa this fall.

Growing and Harvesting Amaranth

Plantains - in season right now (January 2015) due to the warm Florida winter.

Grandma Called it Medicine Leaf. Plantain Medicinal Properties and Herbal Use

Grandma Called it Medicine Leaf - Common Sense Homesteading

Pine uses from Green Deane. "Needles nearest the trunk are higher in Vitamin C." Also young needles and branch tips.

Pining for You | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

Goosegrass, Galium aparine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Galium aparine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Goosegrass, Cleavers, Bedstraw... foraging and usefulness

Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea. Mint family. "Use very young Ground Ivy for greens and soup et cetera, older leaves for tea and medicinal applications... Traditionally it was used to treat sciatica, ringing in the ears, constipation caused by lead poisoning, kidney disorders, indigestion, coughs, and tuberculosis. Animal research has not supported its use for cough. Leaves, dried or fresh was stuffed up the nose to relieve headaches." High in iron.

Ground Ivy | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

The Traditional Pinyon Pine Nut Picking of the Navajo. Wow, so that's what a pine nut in the shell looks like!

Surinam (Suriname) Cherry... lantern shaped tart cherries! Eat when very dark red.

Newsletter 29 May 2012 | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

Purslane has many healing benefits for your body. It has a cooling, anti-inflammatory affect along with soothing and healing mucilaginous constituents. It can be used topically on the skin to soothe, cool and heal bug bites, inflamed skin, stings and skin sores. High in Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin C, but has oxalic acid. (Since I've been looking for it, I've found it in two yards in Florida!)

FREE TODAY Edible Plants for Preppers - Kindle edition by Amanda Rofe. Crafts, Hobbies & Home Kindle eBooks @

Non edible US plants and fruits that are commonly thought to be edible. knowledgeweighsno...

List Of Non Edible US Plants Commonly Thought To Be Edible

Duckweed is one of those rare plants that is very high in protein. Because of this fact, it is a staple for many aquatic animals. The leaves can be eaten raw, or lightly sautéed. It is important to note that you should never eat plants from contaminated water sources. There is also a chance of the leaves containing water borne parasites, so it is important to boil the plant prior to consumption.

Living Afield - Duckweed (Spirodela spp.)

Useful Plant: Amaranth - How to "pop" it.