I have been looking a long time to find a good website or book devoted soley to edible plants in my area (Southwestern Ontario), but I haven't had a
whole lot of luck.
So far I just have a few. There are others such as violets, but I try to avoid the ones that may be confused with other inedible plants and stick to
the ones that are quite easy to tell apart.
Dandilions are the most obvious. You can eat the leaves as salad, the flowers make good fritters, and the root can be ground into a coffee. From what
I can tell, these grow pretty much everywhere in every country. Maybe not in the desert though
. Just have to watch that they haven't been sprayed
Broadleaf Plantain - I had always seen this plant but never known it was edible. I haven't tried it yet though.
Wild Onions/Garlic - I have yet to find these. If you do, make sure they smell like onions. Only the real ones do.
Wild Asparagus - Apparently it grows on the side of lots of roads, but i haven't found any either, although I haven't looked much.
Acorns - Need special preparation to remove tannins though.
Wild carrot, which I think is the same as Queen Anne's Lace. Same as the onions...make sure this one smells like a carrot. There are many lookalikes
that aren't edible, but only the real one smells like carrot.
Thistles/Stinging nettle - Dunno if I'd want to try that one.
There are also several that I have conflicting reports of. I've read that clovers and shamrocks and wood sorrel are all edible, then other sites say
you can only eat them in moderation because of high oxalic acid content... others say not to eat them at all.
I want a good, conclusive guide so that I don't have to go through the painstakingly slow process of testing them all... avoid a few stomach aches as
People definately need some solid knowledge in edible plants. Plants are far easier to catch and prepare than animals
[edit on 7/21/2007 by Yarcofin]