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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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    Pickled Purslane recipe - a foraged and free nutritious vegetable!

    Pickled Purslane Recipe | Friends Drift Inn Recipes Gardening & Hot Flashes | Recipes Gardening and Hot Flashes

    Heartwing Sorrel. This tart Rumex is closely related to Sheep’s Sorrel and is used the same way, usually as an addition to salads. This time of year [September 15, 2015] there will be a plant here and a plant there.

    Newsletter 15 September 2015

    "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."

    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...

    Oxalis: How To Drown Your Sorrels

    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."

    Sorrel: Not A Sheepish Rumex

    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.

    Rumex Ruminations

    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."

    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'..."

    Ampelopsis arborea(PEPPERVINE) palatable?

    More Peppervine (Nekemias arborea) images for ID.

    Plants Profile for Nekemias arborea (peppervine)

    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.


    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.)

    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.

    Kudzu Quickie

    Locally, blackberries are coming into season. (Mid-May) Photo by Green Deane. Large blackberry shoots can be peeled, boiled and eaten.

    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

    Spring Beauty

    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.)

    Dayflowers, Often One Petal Shy

    The young stems and lance-shaped leaves of Asiatic dayflowers (Commelina communis) are also good in salads. Their flavor is also bland, but ...

    Ecological Gardening

    What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. - Ralph Waldo Emerson at Lifehack Quotes

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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: Prime Potherb

    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."

    Elderberry vs. Pokeberry -

    Wood Sorrel - a Vitamin C rich wild and abundant edible // from Foraging and Feasting

    Timeline Photos - Foraging & Feasting

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    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."

    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.

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