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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Plants
Edible Fungus
Fungus
Edible Bugs
Bugs

 

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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.

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Allium vineale, Wild Garlic
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Black Tupelo, A Native American Fruit Tree
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Berberis thunbergii, Japanese Barberry fruits and leaves
Japanese Barberry, Invasive Winter Fruit
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Elaeagnus umbellata, Autumn Olive fruit
Autumn Olive, A Common Invasive Edible Fruit
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Prunus avium, Sweet Cherry leaves and fruit
Wild Cherry Tree, A Native American Necessity
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Field Cricket
Crickets, An Abundant Source of Protein Worldwide
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Amaranthus retroflexus, Common Amaranth leaves and flower seed stalks
Amaranth, A Weed Here, A Staple Food Everywhere Else
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Linden Tree, Tilia cordata, Small leaved Linden leaves and flower bunches
Linden Tree – Abundant Edible Leaves and Flowers
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USDA Hardiness Zone Map 1990
US Department of Agriculture(USDA) Hardiness Zones
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