WARNING!! EATING WILD PLANTS WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE EATING IS DANGEROUS!!!!
- Be sure of your identification of the wild edible plant BEFORE you eat it! Some wild edible plants have very poisonous look-alikes.
- You may be allergic to some wild edible plants. If you are at all unsure if you will be allergic to a particular plant, eat just a little bit at first.
- *YOU* are 100% responsible for properly identifying and properly preparing wild edible plants that you eat. NOT me!
You should supplement the information on this website with real-life practice at identifying these plants, preferably along with one of the excellent field guides that are available, and with the help of competent people who know plants.
The blackberry is a well known edible fruit. The soft fruit is popular for use in desserts, jams, seedless jellies and sometimes wine. It is often mixed with apples for pies and crumbles. Fresh and frozen blackberries can be purchased year-round in most supermarkets. Supermarkets also have numerous products containing blackberries such as ice cream, pies, jellies and jams, juice blends, and various desserts and candies. Be careful of the thorns which can cause minor injury.
Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
The root is edible when cooked. It can be dried and stored for later use. The root is rich in starches that cannot be digested by humans and can cause digestive upset or gas. Young flower stems can be cooked and used as a vegetable. Young leaves can be soaked overnight in salt water and then cooked and eaten. Prickles need to be removed from the leaves before the leaves can be eaten. The flower buds can be cooked. The seeds may be roasted and eaten. Generally not recommended unless there are no alternative food sources. Look for thistle tea in natural food stores. Otherwise, must be foraged after positive identification and properly prepared. Avoid the sharp spines which can cause injury.