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18 Edible Plants You Didn't Know About

In the West, people are so used to finding food in stores that most of them, if left alone in nature, wouldn’t be able to survive for very long. If by terrible chance you happen to be stuck in a place without any food, knowing what is edible can save your life, and even remembering part of this list will still prove beneficial in such a case.

 

Word of Warning: Do not eat a plant unless you are 100% sure it is, indeed, edible. Many plants contain toxins that can make you very sick and even kill you. Pregnant and nursing women should consult with a physician beforehand.

 

Dandelions – The entire plant is edible. Can be bitter.

Edible


Pine Needles – Can be boiled in water to make a vitamin-rich tea.

Edible


Kudzu – The whole plant is edible.

Edible


Daylily – The flower is edible. Make sure it’s an orange 6-petals flower, with a leafless stem.

Edible


Acorns – Can be bitter and should only be eaten after it's cooked, and even then only in a limited amount.

Edible


Cattail – Roots, bottom of the stem, and leaves can be boiled or eaten raw.

Edible
 

Garlic Mustard – Seeds, flowers, and leaves, are edible, the roots can be eaten but only if the plant is not blossoming.

Edible


Chickweed – The leaves are edible, both raw and boiled, and are rich in vitamins.

Edible


Herb Robert – A member of the Geranium family. Leaves can be eaten or made into tea, as well as used as a mosquito repellent.

Edible


Beach Lovage – The leaves can be eaten raw or used in cooking. The plant has a powerful taste.

Edible


Watercress – The leaves are edible and have a spicy flavor.

Edible

Lamb’s Quarters – The leaves are edible and go with any dish that calls for cooking greens.     

Edible


Mallow Malva Neglecta – The entire plant is edible, and has a mild nutty flavor and a slightly slimy texture.

Edible


Miner’s Lettuce – Young leaves and bulbs can be eaten raw, the root should be boiled and peeled, and will taste like chestnuts.

Edible


Wild Bee Balm – The leaves can be boiled for tea, used as seasoning, or eaten raw. They taste like earl grey tea. The flowers are also edible, with a citrusy flavor.

Edible


Common Mallow – The leaves are edible both raw and cooked. Seed pods are also edible when they are green and soft.

Edible


Pineapple Weed – Flowers and leaves are edible raw or cooked.

Edible


Milk Thistle – The entire plant can be eaten after cooking, but remember to remove the spines.

Edible
 
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