Hey guys this is Gabe here with PrepperTidbits and today and I wanted to count down 12 different Edible Plants In Your Yard. These are in no particular order and every yard is different however you should be able to find most of these in your yard without much difficulty.
With that being said let’s get right into it.
First up we have cleavers, a plant that is rarely noticed until it is walked through due to the curved bristles on it’s stem.Which scratch the skin the skin raw in what looks like cuts from small knives.
11. Lamb’s Quarters
Next up we have lamb’s quarters a noxious weed that is extremely delicious, very healthy due to nutritional content and is also waterproof because of the waxy like crystals which cover the plant.
Number 10 is chickweed. A beautiful plant that grows in a rosette and loves edges of houses and gardens.It’s extremely small white flower is rarely noticed and when it is many think it has ten petals due to the deep split in the petals.
Number nine is the ever so common violet. These are well known for growing in very moist areas and can have flowers of all colors from purple to yellow and even white. The small heart shaped leaves are usually growing so low that they avoid lawnmower blades entirely.
Coming in at number eight we have the dandelion, a plant that some love and many hate because they can not get rid of it. One of the most, if not the most well known wild edible plant, the leaves are extremely healthy boasting an impressive amount of vitamin A.
07. White Clover
Right in at number seven we have the white clover, though red clover is also very common in yards as well and both have the same uses. However there is another plant that looks like clover thought it does not have this white triangular mark on the leaf like clovers do.
06. Plantago Major
In at number six we have the broad leaf plantain, or plantago major. A relative of the commercial source of Psyllium, this common edible plant grows very prolific in most areas of the country. The leaves must be eaten when young as they get stringy due to the veins running up the leaf.
05. Wood Sorrel
Number five is a plant that many confuse with clover though it is not a clover, and thankfully this is not a fatal mistake. Wood sorrel is in a different family, and is a lot tastier raw than clover.
04. Wild Lettuce
Though number four is called wild lettuce it can’t actually be eaten raw as it has a very bitter milky latex that actually contains opiates that need to be cooked out. There are many varieties of wild lettuce and determining on from another is very difficult.
03. White Pine
Branching it’s way in at number three is the white pine.A common tree that is usually considered the supermarket of the forest as you can get food from the bark, the nuts, the young cones, a glue from the sap, and tea from the needles.
02. Garlic Mustard
Garlic mustard comes in at number two with it’s four petaled flowers typical of Mustards. This plant is extremely invasive and extremely delicious and very healthy. Mildly tasting of garlic this plant can be used for condiments salad, dressings, greens, flavoring, and more.
01. Shepherds Purse
Number One is a plant that many may not know is a relative of our domestic buckwheat. A member of the Rumex family the leaves have distinct curls along the edges and are great if collected at the right time of year. Shepherds purse is a small delicate plant that is hard to see unless you are close to it because of it’s narrow and thin profile. The heart shaped seed pods come out of a stem that grow from leaves, which to many resemble small dandelion leaves.
Whew! that’s a lot of plants in a short time but hopefully this should give you guys an idea that you don’t always have to leave home to find a variety of edible plants.
There are many more plants that can occur in your yard so this list is by no means exhaustive but it’s just meant to be a guide for some things to look for.
I thank you guys for reading this article and I hope you learned something.