Do you want a real list of edible plants for the Midwest? Every single plant here was found while foraging in South Dakota and Minnesota. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, each wild food listed on TREEfool.com was actually eaten and documented by yours truly. Don’t have too much fun (just kidding, you should 100% have too much fun).
This list is broken down into sub-categories:
1 – Delicious When Raw
2 – Greens to Cook
3 – Roots
4 – Nuts
5 – Fruits & Flowers
6 – Teas
VIDEOS AND MORE PHOTOS FOUND ON EACH SPECIFIC PLANT PAGE!
Delicious When Raw
Let’s start this list with the plants that are easiest to eat. All of these are tastiest when eaten raw!
The little flower stem makes this plant super easy to locate!
I’ve known this one since I was a little kid on the farm. It tastes just like the peel of a green apple. Yum!
This “invasive” species grows EVERYWHERE and is packed with nutrients.
Probably my kid’s favorite wild food. Foraging cattails always ends with a full stomach.
Greens to Cook
Fried dandelion roots are my favorite! But just a warning, if you haven’t tried raw dandy leaves you are in for a bitter time.
I’m an idiot because I never learn to put on pants and shoes when I go foraging for nettles. Either way nettles can be eaten RAW (yup!) but are best when cooked.
I love the bitter leaves raw but it is best cooked like asparagus.
Packed with vitamin C and sticks to everything.
It took too long for me to incorporate this plant into my diet. I think it tastes similar to wood sorel but 10x easier to gather.
This plant is a beast! The thick boiled stems tastes great in oriental soups. Just watch out for raw juices from the stem, they can cause a rash.
Most of our South Dakota acorn foraging comes from the bur oak trees nestled in parks surrounding Sioux Falls.
If you want to stain all of your skin and clothing yellow then you should try eating wild walnuts! More info to come…
Fruits & Flowers
I’m usually too busy stuffing my face to take any photos when I find a patch of wild grapes. Don’t confuse these with the Virginia Creeper! More info to come soon…
Eat the little red globes on the back of the flower for a hint of sweet honey flavor! I was told by a friend this is called “Wild Honeysuckle” so that might be a common local name in MN?
I know of a beautiful forest in Minnesota that’s full of wild plums. More photos & videos to come…
Gill Over The Ground
Part of the mint family, gill-over-the-ground has a square stem with purple flowers and purple tinged leaves. It is a refreshing chew while hiking or makes a good tea!
To add: wild spinach, catnip, thimble berries, black berries, field mustard, raspberries, red sumac, milk weed, burdock…