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40 Most Common Edible Wild Plants in North America

Edible wild plants are an often-overlooked food source.  Many of the edible wild plants on this list probably grow near you, regardless of whether you live in the city or country.

Find a book that covers the edible wild plants in your area.  Often one by a local author is your best bet.  Check with your small local bookshops or your local college.  Then first learn to recognize the poisonous ones.  They are by far in the minority.  Once you have learned these, it makes learning the edible wild plants easier.

  • Acorns  (Quercus) Techically a nut and high in calories.
  • Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus and other species)
  • American Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis)
  • Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)
  • Blackberries  (Rubus spp.
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Edible Wild Plants can Supplement your Food Storage

Knowing the common edible wild plants in your area is always a plus for survival.  One big reason is that they are free and grow wild.  Second most people think they are weeds and ignore them.

Now trying to live off edible plants by themselves can be a big mistake.  See my post Living Off the Land and Foraging for Calories. This will tell you that to get enough calories to survive long term you need protein from things that move (animals, bugs etc.) or nuts.  However, this does not mean that edible plants are useless, they provide some calories, much needed nutrition, and variety in your diet.…

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