Foraging for Your Food: 3 Edible Plants You Can Find in the Wild

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Also a fairly common plant, the Amaranth is usually found in areas that are sunny and where the earth has been moved around. While it has many forms, a common characteristic of the plants are the “spikes of tiny, clustered flowers which are the same color as the rest of the plant.” Both the leaves and seeds of the plant can be consumed, and it is an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, and the amino acid lysine.

3. Basswood/Linden


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The leaves of this tree can be eaten raw, as can its buds and inner bark. Additionally, the tree produces nuts in the fall months, but Merriwether warns only the meat inside is edible, while the outside shell should be disposed of.

If you’re going to eat wild plants, it is important to educate yourself on how to properly prepare them. While few can be consumed in raw form, many require preparation before they are safe to ingest. If you are interested in learning more about edible wild plants in Texas, Dr. Vorder Bruggen will be teaming up with Texas Parks and Wildlife for a guided class called Foraging for Food. Two classes will be offered on Saturday, November 4. The first will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

While being lost in an unfamiliar area does not exactly sound like the epitome of a good time, educating yourself on what wild plants are safe for consumption could potentially help you make it home.

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