12 Edible Wild Plants

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12 Edible Wild Plants

Have you ever wanted to know the edible wild plants that you can eat? This knowledge can be good in a survival situation or just everyday life.

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1.Dandelion Greens

Dandelions are one of the most common flowers you will see. Many think of dandelions as weeds but they can provide lots of nutritional value. These greens are high in fiber. They are a great source of vitamin K and vitamin A.

Vitamins and Nutrients

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin A

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Cattails are found on the edges of freshwater lakes/ponds. They are great for nutrients and have many medicinal properties. There are many edible parts of cattails. Those parts include the leaf bases, the sheath, and the rhizomes. The medical benefits of the plant are the antiseptic applications, slowing bleeding, and skin health.


  • Antiseptic
  • Slowing bleeding
  • Skin Health

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3.Wild asparagus

Wild asparagus is full of nutrients, essential proteins, and minerals. Asparagus is full of vitamin A, vitamin B1 through B6, vitamin C, vitamin F and vitamin K.

 As much as they are good for you to eat they also provide many medical uses.

  Medical Uses

  • Homocysteine
  • Pregnancy
  • PMS
  • Cholesterol
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Epilepsy
  • Fertility
  • Digestive health
  • Diabetes
  • Hangovers
  • Cataracts
  • Antidepressant
  • Tuberculosis
  • Rheumatism
  • Rutin

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Thistle is one of the hardest plants to gather.

Things you can harvest from Thistle

  • Stalks
  • Leaves
  • Roots
  • Unopened flower buds

After two years of growth Thistle is quite tasty. You can consume all of these raw but you can also steam or boil them.

Information on how to prepare them https://survivial-training.wonderhowto.com/how-to/eat-thistles-195784/


5.Wild onions

When you are looking for onions you will know just by the smell. If it smells and looks similar to an onion you can eat it. You can eat all parts of the onion. The underground bulbs, leaves, bullets on top, and the blossoms.

How to prepare http://sensiblesurvival.blogspot.com/2011/04/edible-wild-plants-wild-onions.html?m=1


The clover is part of the pea family. The blossom of the clover is where the peas are. You may hear people call them “keeps and wings”. The clover is completely edible from the roots to the blossoms. Don’t go after the brown clovers, they don’t taste very great. White clover has the best taste out of all the clovers. The three colors you want to look for are white, pink, or red. To consume the clover you can either roast them or make a tea.

Wild Edible Plants Warning- Clover found in warm climates can produce cyanide in small amounts.


More information and how to prepare http://www.eattheweeds.com/clover-available-around-the-world-2/


Bamboo is part of the grass family. Other than food there are lots of uses for it. The shoots of bamboo are the thing you want to work for. These are edible but you should cut them before they get to a foot long. The shoots are the best in winter but they are harder to get. Bamboo shoots provide lots of fiber but they are low in calories. Bamboo is a good source of antioxidants that can keep you healthy. To prepare the shoots you should soak them in some water for a few hours then boil them.


The leaves of violets can be eaten or cooked like spinach. The flowers of the violet can be dried for tea, raw, or candied. Violets can blossom during the springtime. In some warm areas, violets can bloom throughout fall. There are seventeen types of violets, other than food they are good for medical purposes.


  • Headaches
  • Boils
  • Dysentery
  • Kidney problems
  • Bladder issues
  • Heart pain
  • Colds
  • Coughs

Identifying violets is an easy task but there are a lot of them. Some of the colors include blue, violet, yellow, and white. Violets have five petals, the lowest pedal goes into a spur.


Wild Edible Plants Warning: Yellow violets can be a mild laxative.

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Purslane is a ground flower plant with a thick stem. It typically grows in the summer and many people pull it as a weed. In southern California and Mexico Purslane is plentiful. Purslane grown near any type of road may be high in metal. The leaves of Purslane have a lemon-pepper type of flavor. When Purslane is eaten it provides a variety of nutrients.

Medicinal Uses

  • Caffeine antidote
  • Immune system booster
  • Insulin Booster
  • Psoriasis Treatment
  • Heart health
  • Headaches


  • Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • All B Vitamins
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Copper


Edible Wild Plants Warning: Purslane contains oxalate that can cause kidney stones.

More information and how to prepare http://www.ediblewildfood.com/blog/2012/09/saving-survival-seeds/

10. Berries

Berries, specifically blackberries are delicious and have many uses. The blackberry grows in northern areas of the globe. The use of the blackberry bush extends to the fruit, leaf, bark, and roots. These parts can be used to help heal many medical conditions. There is more than just medical uses, they are also a nutrient-dense fruit that provides many different components.


  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

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The daylily is an edible flower that can easily be spotted. The flower is native to Asia but can also be found in North America. The daylily grows near fences, roadsides, and streams. Both the shoots and flowers are edible. To spot the flower you will see six yellow-orange petals on the flower. The shoots will be visible in the spring.

Edible Wild Plants Warning: Some people are allergic to the daylily.


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Many types of amaranth are considered weeds. The leaves, seeds, and roots can be consumed. Amaranth has many health benefits, it’s even been made into an essential oil. It contains a high amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Amaranth has a range of colors, most common colors are red, purple, and green. The leaves of this plant are green.


Medical Uses

  • Protein
  • Antioxidant
  • Bone development
  • Digestive health
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Varicose veins
  • Vision
  • Birth defects prevention
  • Weight loss
  • Hair health

Edible Wild Plants Warning: contains oxalates. Avoid if you have kidney stones or gallstones.


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Julianne Aguilar
I am an amateur blogger looking to build a reputation. Looking for new ways to develop content and teach people. Trying to give you all the information you need to survive in a survival scenario.

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