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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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How to Find, Identify, and Cook Fiddleheads | www.fearlesseatin...

How to Find, Identify and Cook Fiddleheads | Fearless Eating

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Yucca/Spanish Dagger "Flowers just after bloom, flower stalks before flowers appear, fruits when ripe, March through end of summer... Dangers: Only flowers, flower stalk, and fruit are edible, the rest of the plant is very poisonous."

Foraging Texas: Yucca/Spanish Dagger

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"All thistles in the genus Cirsium and the genus Carduus are edible. Or said another way, there is no poisonous true thistle, but not all of them are palatable." "METHOD OF PREPARATION: Raw, boil or steamed hollow inner stalks peeled of green outer fiber; core of unopened flower buds, when cooked squeezed out like artichoke leaves; stripped midribs raw or cooked. First year roots once large enough to harvest, The seeds are edible, 12 pounds will produce 3 pounds of edible oil. Suitable for cooking or lamp use."

Mullein (Merriwether's Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest) "Dangers: fine hairs on leaves can be an irritant. Do not consume seeds." "Mullein tea is made from the leaves of a 1st-year plant and is considered a good cough suppressant. A similar tea can be made from the root after cleaning, peeling, and dicing... The dried leaves were smoked to help with assorted head/chest sickness. The dried flowers has a pleasant flavor.

Merriwether's Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest: Prickly Pear

Foraging Texas: Prickly Pear

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Mouse Ear Chickweed Plant

Foraging Texas: Chickweed

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Wild Mustard "It usually blossoms in winter here in Florida and over Christmas I saw a patch in full bloom in a backyard, feeding honeybees... While the table condiment mustard does indeed come from the mustard seed, the leaves, flowers, seed pods and roots are also edible... Young leaves can use used raw in salads, or cooked as a potherb. As the plant ages, it becomes strong and sometimes the leaves are too bitter to eat. Tender young seeds pods can be added to salads, but are peppery. If you are so inclined, you can make mustard out of the seeds, just grind them up and mix with vinegar, salt optional." Don't overdo, can cause stomach irritation, and start with a small amount as some people are allergic.

Mustard, Wild, Tender And Tough | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

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Milkweed Vine Fruit -- "M. odorata fruit looks like a roundish squash... 5 to 6 inches long, 3 to 4 inches wide, green until ripe then yellow, tan, or brown, will split open. TIME OF YEAR: Blooms heavily in mid-spring, fruits continuously, can over winter if no frosts or freezes." "Nutritionally the vegetable is close to squash but has a Vitamin C content closer to citrus. In fact, it has more Vitamin C than oranges." "Young leaves, fruit, flowers and shoot tips raw, older fruits boiled or roasted in embers (usually 30 minutes) Older stalk boiled and peeled. Older green fruit can be dried and preserved. Unripe seeds and coma are edible. Ripe seeds and coma are not edible. When roasted the inner rind flavor is similar to squash. When boiled it is more like zucchini/potatoes."

Ragweed - Ambrosia artemisiifolia - range and identification, ragweed as food and habitat for wildlife, medicinal uses of ragweed.

Ragweed - Weekly Weeder #7 - Common Sense Homesteading

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Ragweed! The grain is some 47% crude protein and 38% crude fat. That’s an energy powerhouse despite the size.

Ragweed | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

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Dewberry. Nutritional Value: carbohydrates, vitamin C; small amount of minerals and vitamins A & B "The dewberry plant creeps along the ground as a thorny vine as opposed to blackberries which grow in the form of an upright cane."

Foraging Texas: Dewberry

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Fresh Ginkgo Leaves Though ginkgo is considered a medicinal herb, the leaves can actually be eaten fresh in salads or blended into green smoothies. They contain wild plant alkaloids that are very nutritious in small doses and can help to round out the diet.

Ginkgo Biloba Benefits, How To Harvest and Use Ginkgo Leaf

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Bamboo: Arundinaria gigantea - Cook the seeds and young shoots. Bamboo leaf tea for your health.

Foraging Texas: Bamboo/River Cane

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Kudzu blooms. Leaves, blossoms and roots are edible.

If You Can't Beat It, Eat It

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Temperate Climate Permaculture: Permaculture Plants: Maypop (fruit of the passion flower vine)

Temperate Climate Permaculture: Permaculture Plants: Maypop

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

Three (easily mixed up) early spring plants

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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

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

Weekly Weeder #25 - Creeping Charlie+ Wildcrafting Wednesday

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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

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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

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