How to Identify Plants for Food,medicine,chemical Needs

This Instructable is the product of my explaining my intennsion's to post any means of lifting the financial burdens from family's in our hardest time and months of research by a girl friend of mine, it will give names,scientific names and photo's to help you find and positively identify wild food sources,
"In the wild,outside your home and around the world."

These list also contain known toxic plants aswell that must be prepared a special way, so in short you need to first identify what is around you and do the required research to know if you can just eat it or if it must be prepared specially before consumption.
Using the photos and scientific names.

Aswell there are poisonous plants known to kill here in these list, so you could effectively make poisons. I ask that you just destroy any poison plants, so that children/pets can't come in contact or consume them.

Education of these things is the first step in making our future better, also know this information is compiled from online sources some of those sources sale a video/book product, further exploring the possibility's this information is meant to help you identify them alone.

If you are so inclined to eat wild foods I suggest buying the book/video and not rely on wives tales about what is safe as some information gets spun incorrectly or forgotten and substitutions made by assumption.

Soon I will also post preparation's for these plants as the information is made available to me and verified the information to be true by a second/third source.

Also I will be posting information of huntable wild game species and proven hunting methods. as well as preparation cure and preserving. you will need game licencesing before you hunt.

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Step 1: Step1

downloading the plants list.

Once you have found and positively identified wild sources I ask you to help propagate the plants and not just consume them but if you take from the source always leave some behind or leave the seed behind or return with them later. I even like to cultivate and grow enough for my family here close to home. and in spring the kids can go out in the yard and eat wild grapes cherry's and other fruits and that brings joy to me to watch them do that, and I enjoy the fresh fruit too. and it is my personal thing to give home made wine, jelly's, fruit cakes to family on the holiday's

Given enough farm land one could even make a cash crop out of it but I enjoy just having it as a heritage for my kids.

now I want to make special note here on how to propagate these wild plants close to home.

1 elevation and climate zone is important the seeds from a northern state wont grow well if at all in the south.

2 when you find and harvest a wild food source you should make notes on weather/date/location/elevation, conditions and soil and even its water content&type and even any insects or worm type's you find I learned from an old man that if you want to transplant a fruit tree you got to know which direction it was previously planted by marking the north side of the tree and as you dig it up make note of which way the roots point.
if you can duplicate those conditions by all means do if not you might spread the seed on a hunting/camping trip to your favorite spot too.

3 All wild plants are native to where they grow make sure you don't break the law by transporting or cultivating an un-natural species. Especially Gensieng it is highly illegal and heavily enforced I appreciate this plant especially as a cash crop. it is coveted by Chinese and medical firms and if you use it in a tea you will see why"men". dandelion wine for

Maybe I should add some good family recipes but I guess we can all use the forum for that..

Step 2: The Plants Zip File

the edible plants list



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    6 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 2

    Wow, the EDIBLE MUSHROOMS folder has the Deadly Amanita, and the Death Angel - Amanita phalloides listed as the first two mushrooms, ummmmm....

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    Go to or is it they can advise about amanita and the myths surrounding it, including that it is deadly. ok matey. Ready for a soma connection?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I just downloaded the edible plants zip file and found the pictures to be very small and low resolution. Is there a way to make them clearer so that I can better identify them? I agree with you that this planet is a very good gift from God and he gave us plenty to eat right out side our front door if we just know what to look for. Thanks


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I managed to get myself stranded in the northern waters of Western Australia and all I had to eat was prawns, mango crab and barramundi. I started running out of beer and could only get 3 TV channels, It was the hardest 3 hours of my life.

    Skinned Mink

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hi! I too am really interested in native plants that provide food for human consumption. I just wanted to suggest a couple things to make this a little more environmentally friendly.

    - Do not destroy plants even if they might be poisonous to human consumption. Pretty much all native plants have a role in the local ecosystem. Also interestingly enough most "poisons" aren't actually produced purposefully by the plant but rather by as byproducts to necessary plant chemical production.

    - Do not over harvest. In my foraging I only intend to harvest 25% of what is naturally produced by any particular plant. This provides chance for future generations of the plant as well as food for the surrounding wildlife.

    - Also realize that proper identification is important as misidentifying could be dangerous to your health. Remember, some parts of even the most domestic plants can be dangerous. In most states you can check to make sure the plant you're looking for grows in your area and is safe to eat with your local Department of Conservation's website. This is an example in my state.
    Wild Edibles of Missouri

    Have fun and be safe!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    hello all I hope you all enjoy this information and I hope it fills a need too. please take the time to see the offerings in the zip file and post your comments and any old family recipes you may have. The plant list came from one website and most of the photos came from yahoo search some from my yard and the smoky mountains where I live. I hope this brings glory to God for his creation and gift to us. I also hope it get people outside to see it too. I know most of you think all food comes from a store, out of a box or can or maybe even a butcher shop if you can afford that then maybe this information is not for you. Those who Know and Understand why I posted this are truly welcome.