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Fields, Forests & Wetlands Foods of Eastern North America

A Complete Wild Food Guide

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I've tried a lot, but not everything as you can imagine. On this page are plants that I have read are edible, but have not tried myself, or have only nibbled on a tiny amount and have no real experience with.

One that I've only had occasionally is Beech Tree Fagus grandifolia or Fagus americana leaves – Very young leaves in Spring. Some claim they are a good salad green. I've only tasted a leaf or two, but never used them for making a salad. Not bad tasting, but they get chewy as they mature.

I have read that Hawthorn leaves in the early spring just after they come out are good, tender salad greens. I've never tried to use them for this, but I plan to try. For now, I have to leave them here in the "untested" section. For a description of the Hawthorn bush/tree, go to the Hawthorn Fruit page.

I understand the Lettuceleaf Saxifrage (Saxifraga micranthidifolia) is edible, but I cannot recommend it as I have no experience with it - it doesn't occur in my area.

Spring Cress (Cardamine bulbosa). Known also as Bulbous Cress, Bulbous Bittercress and Bittercress. I have read this one is edible, but I cannot recommend it as I have no experience with it.

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Important Notes when Identifying
Rules & Cautions
Dangerous Plants to Avoid Touching

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