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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Pickled Purslane recipe - a foraged and free nutritious vegetable!
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Pickled Purslane - I have enough growing in my veg garden to make gallons of it
Pickled purslane, use in place of pickles or relish. Lasts pretty much indefinitely. This stuff is growing about my herb garden! Rich in Omega-3, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, and many other vitamins and minerals.
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"Early spring [February in mid-Florida] locally means the arrival of Sheep Sorrel, Rumex acetosella... While one occasionally sees Sheep Sorrel in the fall it is usually found after the turn of the year."
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Early spring locally means the arrival of Sheep Sorrel, Rumex acetosella, its distinctive lime-green leaves making it easy to spot even from a distance. Further north it can be a late spring to summer plant. FOUND IN; ?? If you know where this plant can be found please send me a note.
Newsletter 25 February 2014
Oxalis, Wood Sorrel variety (?), mistakenly often called clover. Recipe for Oxalis Cooler. "If you cook oxalis best to use a glass or ceramic pot. Like all plants with oxalic acid should be used in moderation [to avoid leaching calcium from bones]. Some people may be allergic to it. The juice can be used to coagulate milk for cheese making." Green Deane says this looks like "Oxalis intermedia" here: www.eattheweeds.c...
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Oxalis: How To Drown Your Sorrels **All parts are edible including the bulb. In every state in U.S.
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Heartwing Sorrel (Rumex hastatulus). "Rumexes are also known as Dock. Actually tall Rumex are called dock and short Rumex are called sorrels. There are some 200 species in the genus."
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Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) leaves can be used in soups and salads. Discussion of sheep's sorrel and curly dock. Rumex related to buckwheat, seeds high in the amino acid lysine (anti-viral), reputedly anti-cancer.
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Acorn Flour - how to make it and what to do with it. (Shell, grind, and then boil. Removes tannins faster than boiling whole.)
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Greene Deane says don't eat peppervine berries: "well... the chemical precipitates in the kidneys.. clogs up this or that... not all toxic damage from plants shows up immediately. The vast majority of the literature says away from this plant... I don't know anyone who eats them regulary in regular quantities to even suggest they are long-term safe. Even in the short term some can burn badly. We avoid that chemical in many other plants. Personally I have no intention of being a guinea pig."
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Ampelopsis arborea(PEPPERVINE) palatable?
Peppervine berries - "I've only eaten 5-10 berries at a time... contains large amounts of dihydromyricetin ('ampelopsin'), one of the chemicals singled out as an active component of elderberry against the influenza viruses. It apparently acts as a neuraminidase inhibitor, and is surprisingly selective in action. It's better known as a potential hangover or alcohol poisioning treatment, and is used in TCM as a component of 'vine tea'..."
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Ampelopsis arborea(PEPPERVINE) palatable?
Peppervine - "Most people consider these berries somewhat sweet and grape-tasting but get a weird tickle in the back of their throat after eating one or more berries. This tickle is actually due to tiny needles of calcium oxalate which are defensive measure of the Peppervine... Drying the berries or cooking them will help remove some of these oxalates. Making wine from them may also work." Eat sparingly until you know how you react. Can cause chemical burns in throat, kidney stones if eaten raw.
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Peppervine testimonial: "After juicing the fruit I put it in the fridge overnight and the oxalate fell to the bottom of the bowl like grey sludge or wet sugar. I then ladled the juice on top out and strained through cheese cloth a few times, you could then put this back in the fridge overnight again to be sure, it worked for me." (Raw pepper vine berries have high calcium oxalate, don't eat.)
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poison ivy looking vine: ANSWERED: Pepper Vine, Ampelopsis
Kudzu blossoms smell strongly of grape. The young leaves can be consumed as a green, or juiced. They can be dried and made into a tea. Shoots can be eaten like asparagus. The blossom can be used to make pickles or a jelly — a taste between apple and peach — and the root is full of edible starch. Older leaves can be fried like potato chips, or used to wrap food for storage or cooking. With kudzu you can make a salad, stew the roots, batter-fry the flowers or pickled them or make a make syrup.
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Locally, blackberries are coming into season. (Mid-May) Photo by Green Deane. Large blackberry shoots can be peeled, boiled and eaten.
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Edible Wild Berries in Florida | locally blackberries are coming into season photo by green deane
Newsletter 7 May 2013
Claytonia virginica, a member of the greater Purslane family. It’s found in the eastern two thirds of North America. Edible root to tip
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Dayflower (Commelina diffusa) (kom-uh-LIN-uh dye-FEW-sah) is an edible herb. An invasive weed with pretty flowers. There also are Commelina erecta and Commelina communis. How do you tell them apart? With the crawling difussa the three flower petals are almost almost the same size and blue. With the erecta and communis two blue petals are much larger than the white one. The erecta tends to stand up on its own, the communis crawls.
Dayflower or Asiatic Dayflower. They "are reported edible raw but I am beginning to think they should be cooked. They have a high oxalate content, less in young plants, more in older. Pick carefully." (I have these in my central Florida yard.)
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The young stems and lance-shaped leaves of Asiatic dayflowers (Commelina communis) are also good in salads. Their flavor is also bland, but ...
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The young stems and lance-shaped leaves of Asiatic dayflowers (Commelina communis) are also good in salads.
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Poke weed, leaves of young poke berry plant, NO red & only up to 6" high. "Nutritionally, poke weed is a powerhouse: A half cup of the greens provides 35 calories (10 from fat), no cholesterol, three grams dietary fiber, and 90% of your daily need for vitamin A, 60% of vitamin C, 8% calcium, and 6% of iron. Poke weed has 8,700 IU’s of vitamin A per 100g serving." Root is toxic, wear gloves. Don't eat raw! Must boil greens for 1 minute, change water and boil 15 mins. Can boil 3rd time to be safe.
Pokeweed - Poisonous but potentially delicious. And it's growing in my backyard.
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Elderberry vs. Pokeberry - "poke berries are not as poisonous as people make them out to be.yes, if you ate a bunch of the berries and chewed the seeds in them really well, you would probably puke a lot. swallowing a few berries will do nothing more than put your body into high gear to clear out your system. as long as you don’t chew the seeds... having said that, poke is an excellent lymph mover. i’ve used it a lot in the past for swollen lymph nodes and for plugged ducts that cause mastitis."
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» Elderberry vs. Pokeberry. This is a picture of a Poke berry. Elderberry berries are in clusters, not like this on a stem.
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Hibiscus benefits. Infographic. Summary of the general characteristics of the Hibiscus plant. Medicinal properties, benefits and uses more common of Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers. http://www.medicinalplants-pharmacognosy.com/herbs-medicinal-plants/hibiscus-benefits/properties-infographic/ So glad I started growing these! I have 8 variations and plan to have many more!
Foraging For Elderberries and recipes to use them. Must be cooked or dehydrated! "The raw and unripe fruit, the seeds, the bark, and the leaves of S. nigra and related species S. racemosa contain the cyanogenic glycoside sambunigrin, ingestion of which may cause vomiting or severe diarrhea."
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Foraging for Elderberries . . . and ideas for using them.
The Amazing Elderberry It’s funny, isn’t it, how certain years are just wonderful for certain plants. The last two years, my peppers were kinda’ pitiful. This year they’re prolific and huge. One year the apples are fantastic, another it’s a bumper crop of acorn squash. This year, for us, is the year of the wild elderberry. …
not a herb but GOOD info to know!! Foraging For Elderberries and ways to use them.
Foraging for Elderberries (and ideas for using them)
Edible daisy fleabane | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants - Young plant boiled is edible. Tea made from plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic and emmenagogue. Used to treat chronic diaherrea, gout, epilepsy and menstrual problems. Poultice for headaches, sores. Can cause miscarriage, dermatitis if sensitive.