Redroot Pigweed, a Humble and Underrated Wild Edible

Redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus)

Redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus), also known as pigweed amaranth, is a common summer annual herb. This plant is native to the tropical Americas, but it has been introduced to also every continent in the world. In the US, this plant is mainly used as livestock fodder, especially for hogs and pigs, hence its name. Other […]

White Clover, a Sweet and Nutritious Edible Weed

  Editor’s note: This article was originally published in May 2019. Updated April 2022. White clover (Trifolium repens) is a low-growing perennial plant that’s native to Europe and Central Asia. It’s one you’re likely very familiar with, as it has been naturalized all over the world as a common lawn plant. Its most distinguishable features […]

Red Clover, a Powerful Herb with Great Healing Powers

Red clover (Trifolium pratense)

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a wild edible that has distinctly beautiful red round flowers. It’s a herbaceous perennial plant that’s native to Europe, western Asia, and northwestern Africa. But, due to its beauty as well as culinary and medicinal uses, this plant has been naturalized in almost every region of the world. As mentioned […]

St. John’s Wort, a Vibrant Edible Great for Depression

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Flowers

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a flowering perennial plant that’s native to Europe. This plant can be distinguished by its yellow, star-shaped flowers which were said to first appear on St. John the Baptist’s birthday. For centuries, this plant has been used as a herbal remedy, mainly for skin problems, depression, and other mental […]

Marsh Mallow, the Sweet Edible that Inspired the Candy

Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis)

When you hear the word “marshmallow”, you will definitely think of a puffy, white candy. And while you wouldn’t be wrong, did you know that there’s a marsh-mallow plant (Althea officinalis)? This plant inspired the texture of the modern sweet treat. Ancient Egyptians used to make the dessert by mixing honey and nuts with the […]

Chervil, a Delicate and Versatile Spring Herb

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) Flowers

Sometimes also called French parsley, chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) is a mild herb that plays an important role in French and Mediterranean cuisines. This annual plant is native to Europe. This herb is closely related to parsley and the two herbs look very similar. But, chervil leaves tend to be smaller, frillier, and paler in color […]

Perilla, a Delicious and Nutritious Asian Edible

Perilla (Perilla frutescens) Green Variant

Commonly seen as an invasive weed in the Western world, perilla (Perilla frutescens) is actually a prized herb hailing from Asia. It’s native to mountainous areas in Southeast Asia and India and is widely cultivated in East Asia as a popular crop. As a hardy and self-sowing plant, it can be found in just about […]

Acorn Pancakes Recipe

Quercus rubra acorns

Oak Trees(Genus: Acer) are evergreen, broad-leaved trees that grow all over the world. The Oak Trees’ acorns are a staple food for Native American tribes and other indigenous tribes all around the world. These acorns are very common and plentiful, especially in the fall. Acorns are a great wild edible since they’re packed with calories […]

Spruce – Surprisingly Edible Abundant Evergreen Tree

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2014. Updated April 2022. Spruce trees (Genus: Picea) are a very abundant tree across the globe, especially in northern areas. In the United States, a common non-native species is the Norway Spruce (Picea Abies), and two of our native American species are White Spruce (Picea glauca) […]

Multiflora Rose, An Invasive But Nutritious Wild Edible

Rosa multiflora

Roses are one of the most popular plants known to mankind.  Their history as a cultivated plant goes back at least 5000 years.  The Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora), also known as Japanese Rose is a native Asian rose that has become invasive in many parts of the United States and Canada.  The edibility and medicinal […]

Eastern White Pine, An Effective Remedy For The Common Cold

Pinus Strobus Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is a common native forest and landscape tree in the eastern half of the United States.  The Pines (Genus: Pinus) are a prolific genus of trees and shrubs including slightly more than 100 species.  This particular species is a long lived tree, some exceptional specimens have been estimated to be […]

Oak Tree Acorns, A High Calorie Wild Edible

Quercus rubra acorns

Oak Trees (Genus: Quercus) are deciduous or evergreen broad-leaved trees or shrubs that grow all over the world.  There are over 550 species of Oak Trees worldwide.  Oak Tree acorns were a staple food for Native American Indian tribes and other indigenous people around the globe.  Oak Trees are very common and produce edible acorns […]

Wild Garlic, A Great Addition to Foraged Meals

Allium vineale, Wild Garlic

There are a number of plants that go by the name wild garlic, this article focuses on a very common species, Allium vineale which is also called crow garlic.  This species has been introduced from Europe and Africa. Onions, Leeks, Garlic, and Shallots all are in the genus Allium and there are multiple wild plants […]

Amaranth, A Weed Here, A Staple Food Everywhere Else

Amaranthus retroflexus, Common Amaranth leaves and flower seed stalks

Amaranth(Genus: Amaranthus) is a genus of plants native to The Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  It is a primary food source in all these places because it can grow in many soil types, and most if not all members of the genus have edible leaves, roots, seeds.  This article focuses on the Amaranth that is […]

Purslane, A Wild Edible Weed With Many Culinary Uses

PPortulaca oleracea, Purslane Leaves and Flowers

Purslane(Portulaca oleracea), also known as Little Hogweed and Moss Rose is a very common weed throughout the US and Canada and other parts of the world. It grows in planting beds, cracks in driveways and sidewalks and any other sunny area. It is not a lawn weed, it does not grow well when competing with […]

Staghorn Sumac, Native American Lemonade

Rhus typhina, Staghorn Sumac fruit cluster

The first thing we think about when we hear the word sumac is the dreaded poison sumac. Just to clarify, the Sumac we are speaking of here is in the Genus: Rhus, the poison sumac is in the Genus Toxidendron, with Poison Ivy and Poison Oak. To make matters more confusing Poison Ivy, Oak and […]

Lamb’s Quarters, A Great Spinach Substitute

Chenopodium album, Lamb's Quarters leaf

Lamb’s Quarters (Genus: Chenopodium) is a group of wild edible plants that is native to North America and other parts of the world.  Lamb’s Quarters is also known as Lambs Quarter, Pigweed, Goosefoot, Fat Hen and other colloquial names.  There are many species of Lamb’s Quarters, two very common species in America are Chenopodium album, […]

Yard Plantain, An Ancient Herb For Eating And Healing

Yard Plantain Leaves and Stalk

The yard plantain(Genus: Plantago) is a very common low growing leafy plant. Different species of plantains in the genus Plantago grow all over the globe. Common species In The United States are Common Plantain (Plantago major), Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and Blackseed Plantain(Plantago rugelii).  Blackseed Plantain is a traditional Native American medicine and food source. […]

Rose of Sharon Tree, A Beautiful Edible

Rose of Sharon Flower

Rose of Sharon Tree Rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is a landscape plant native to Asia but very commonly planted in the US. It is a cold hardy tree or shrub with large tropical looking flowers, unmistakable once you’ve seen them.  Its edibility is often unknown, but there are a number of reasons to consider […]