Okay lets try to define this…  Wild edibles are plants that grow naturally in the wild that can be used for food or medicine.  People have been scavenging or gathering these plants that Mother Earth has prepared since the beginning of time.  Here is a list of some of the wild edibles that my grow near you:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Walnuts
  • Acorns
  • Beechnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Mulberries
  • Wild Rice
  • Strawberry
  • Dandelions
  • Chickweed
  • Mushrooms

It isn’t always just about finding edible things, some of these actually do taste good too.  Who knows the next time you go on a picnic you may discover that your next meal is next to your blanket instead of on it.

I hope you will join me as my family takes the challenge this month to find the delicacy that is growing naturally in the wild near us.

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  1. One of my friend’s mother is Cherokee. She is in her 90s now. I have talked to him about the old days growing up here in the north Ga. mountains. One of the things he said was he hated eating acorns. He says you can’t get that taste out of your mouth. One of my favorites is passion flower fruits. We call them may pops. They also have medicinal qualities but I remember little about that. If you come across any be sure to try them.

    • I’ve never had an acorn before. Maybe I should give it a try, or maybe not. 🙂 The passion flower fruits may be hard to come across here in the Northwest, I don’t know. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Be careful. Some eatables are also poisonous if you pick the wrong kind or don’t prepare it correctly.

  3. I just read a book with my kids yesterday. It was about life in the early 1900s. Back then before Ibuprophen and Asprin was readily available the doctors would advice boiling the bark of larger willow trees. This “willow tea” would bring fevers down. Not only was this a remedy used by Americans in the 1900s but it was also used by Native Americans a long time before that too.

    • Very interesting Tiffany. I suddenly would like some willow tea. Thanks for the comment!

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