Wild Plant Foraging
There is food all around you. It is there every time you are in a green field or any other place in the world and you’re just not able to see it.
It is a fact that you may find the food anywhere like out west, skeet trees, down in south Florida, along the beach, up in the mountains, down in the valleys, desert and cold areas. There are thousands and thousands of species in each state and a lot of them are edible.
However every ecosystem is different. Every climate is different and you may have things growing 10 miles from your house, that are very different from the things growing in the forest near you. The ridge on the top of the mountain is usually dry and the soil is thinner and there’s a different ecosystem of plants
In this guide, we’ll be opening your eyes to the world wild edibles around you.
Haitian Basket Vine
The Haitian basket vine is an edible green. You can chop them off, cook them like spinach and eat them. Most people would not recognize them as anything other than a vining weed. This is a tropical weed. It’s everywhere.
Purslane is one of the greens that are found along roadside. This is one that you’ve probably heard of as being edible. It’s a pretty common garden weed across the United States. The leaves are good. They’re high in omega three fatty acids.
You can eat purslane right off the plant raw and they have a nice fresh, somewhat tart flavor to them. Just a really cool plant and very easy to identify. It has fleshy leaves and you just break these pieces off and you can eat it stem and all.
Another weed that’s pretty common in gardens around the world is amaranth. This edible is in the spinach family and it likes to show up in disturbed ground, so when you break the ground and you put in a garden bed, sometimes you’ll turn up amaranth.
One of the types of amaranth that gardeners in the south really hate is called pigweed or spiny pigweed, and it’s got spines all over it and it’s one of the nastiest weeds to have to deal with because it just tears you to pieces.
It’ll poke right through your gloves sometimes, but amaranth leaves are edible and it makes seeds on top, which can also be harvested and eaten, though most of the wild varieties, there’s really not enough seeds to be worthwhile. There are cultivated forms where you can plant it and get great big leaves.
That’s called vegetable amaranth, and then there are cultivated forums where they’ve been bred for great big heads of seeds and those are called grain amaranth.
You may find the following plants in the United States like actual wild asparagus, pawpaws, persimmons, black walnuts and hickory nuts. There’s so much more richness out here than we even know about.
Once you learn a little bit of it, your eyes are going to open up and you’re going to be looking around.