Planting edible native plants is a great way to experience the natural world and connect with our daily nourishment. Wild edibles were vital to settlers, but even today we still enjoy many well known native plants including blueberries and strawberries.
Native edibles are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Depending on the type of native plant, the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds can be consumed by being eaten fresh, made into beverages, jams, sugar, flour, flavoring and other tasty treats. When eating wild edibles, it is important to be 100% sure of its identification to ensure your safety. Growing your own edibles can be fun and provide excellent exercise. Our edible native plants include:
Blueberry (Vaccinium (sp.)) — berries
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum Virginianum) — leaves and flower buds for tea and seasoning, attracts many pollinating insects
Strawberry (Fragaria Virginiana) — berries
Prickly Pear (Opuntia Humifusa)) — ripe fruit can be eaten raw or prepared into jelly, pads (leaves) can be used to thicken soup