Exploring Earth’s Forgotten Edibles

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Eat The Planet is for anyone interested in edible wild foods and medicinal herbs. Many of these foods have unique health benefits but are mostly forgotten by our modern culture.  The articles here typically focus on non-mainstream edibles, most of which can be foraged locally.

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How Many Forgotten Edibles Are There?

The majority of the foods we eat consist of roughly 100 to 500 organisms, some estimates are much lower.  The number of edible organisms on the planet is somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000.  The number of good tasting and enjoyable edibles is estimated to be between 12,000 and 25,000.  With these numbers we can see what we are missing, and what many of our ancestors enjoyed.

Recent Articles

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Bunchberry, a Beautiful and Valuable Wild Edible
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Giant puffball mushroom (Calvatia gigantea)
Giant Puffball Mushroom, a Soft and Tasty Delicacy
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Redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus)
Redroot Pigweed, a Humble and Underrated Wild Edible
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Sourwood Tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) in the fall
Sourwood Tree, Gorgeous Foliage and Tasty Flowers
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Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Wild Cucumber, Inedible Fruits but Great for Making Tea
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Wild Cucumber Plant (Cucumis anguria)
Wild Cucumber, a Hairy and Prickly Gherkin Cucumber
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Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Juneberry, Tasty and Nutritious Native Fruits
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Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Whole Plant
Chickweed, a Delicious and Nutritious Weed
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Field of Ground Ivy (Glechoma Hederacea)
Ground Ivy, an Aromatic, Evergreen Wild Edible
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Field of henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)
Henbit, The Elegant and Nutritious Wild Edible
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