75 Wild and Feral Foods

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This is a list of the most common and easy to harvest edibles in Western North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, the list for your area may be somewhat different.

These edibles are not necessarily the tastiest in our area nor the easiest to identify. Keep in mind that our area is also home to at least one common deadly mushroom and one common deadly plant. Always learn from an expert, preferably your parents.

Mushrooms

lobster
hen of the woods (maitake)
chicken of the woods
chanterelle
honey mushroom
leatherback milk cap
morel
1boletes (some)
oyster
reishi
turkey tail
blusher
puffball
meadow
Russula (some)
ceasar’s
parasol
beefsteak
cauliflower
brick top
hedgehog
chaga

 

1Greens

chickweed
dandelion
lambsquarter
nettle
violet
daisy
ramp (wild leek)
onion grass
quickweed
sochane (coneflower)
wintercress (creasy greens)
waterleaf

 

Shoots

bamboo
cattail
daylily
milkweed

 

Flowers

daylily
violet
elder
black locust

 

Fruit

elderberry
blueberry
persimmon
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sumac
autumn olive
mulberry
spicebush
kousa dogwood
black cherry
paw paw
prickly pear
honey locust
apple
pear
cherry
beauty berry

 

Nuts

acorn
black walnut
chestnut
hickory

 

Seeds

evening primrose
lambsquarter
plantain

 

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Roots

burdock
fairy potato (cinnamon vine, aerial tuber)
greenbriar (sarsparilla)
sassafras

You can’t learn to forage from a website.
Always learn from an expert, preferably your parents.