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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Edible Fungus
Fungus
Edible 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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