The Top 75 Wild and Feral Foods
in Western North Carolina


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grasp the nettle– (UK) to deal bravely with a problem.




in order of availability (most common first)

see also alphabetical list of top 125 local edibles
and our Products page

Mushrooms

lobster
hen of the woods (maitake)
chicken of the woods
chanterelle
honey mushroom
leatherback milk cap
morel

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boletes (some)
oyster
reishi
turkey tail
blusher
puffball
meadow
Russula (some)
ceasar’s
parasol
beefsteak
cauliflower
brick top
hedgehog
chaga

 

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Greens

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

 

 

Shoots

bamboo
milkweed
cattail

 

Flowers

day lily
violet
elder
black locust

 

Fruit

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

 

Nuts

acorn
black walnut
hickory
chestnut

 

Seeds

lambsquarter
plantain
evening primrose

 

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Roots

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

 


 

The teeming Earth, yet guiltless of the plough,
And unprovok’d, did fruitful stores allow:
Content with food, which Nature freely bred,
On wildings and on strawberries they fed;
Cornels and bramble-berries gave the rest,
And falling acorns furnish’d out a feast.

Ovid, Metamorphoses