Edible Food You Can Find in the Wild

When you’re stranded in the wild and starving, you would do everything to find some foods. Sometimes, it’s uncertain whether you’ll be able to catch wild animals or fish. If you have no hunting skill, you will probably starve. Luckily, there are some common edible food in the wild. While most of the plants in the wild are not edible and should be avoided, there are those that can satisfy your hunger, too.

Here’s the list of some edible plants in the wild.


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This plant can be found anywhere and in any grassland throughout the year. Its leaves can be eaten, but you should expect for nasty bitter taste. There’s nothing to worry because in spite of its taste, it is perfectly edible.


You can find this plant in Southwestern Asia and Europe. The parts that can be eaten are the seeds, leaves and roots. You can make a tea from it that is also a good antiseptic and can stimulate digestion.

Pineapple Weed

If you’re stranded in the wilds of Russia, Mexico, North America, Britain and Eastern Asia, you should look for this plant. It also grows in the footpaths, waste areas and alongside of the road. You can eat both the flowers and leaves as they are also used as medicinal good for infected sores, fever and gastrointestinal upset.

Wild Bee Balm

This plant can be found in woodlands and fields, native in North America. The flowers and leaves are edible, but contains antiseptic thymol used in formulating mouthwash.


You can find mallow in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and America. You can eat all of its parts. This plant has several properties such as diuretic, anti-inflammatory, emollient, demulcent, expectorant and laxative. It’s not only edible but also an herbal medicine.


They are actually edible and they grow almost everywhere. It has trefoil leaflets and can be eaten raw. But for better taste, you can boil the leaves.


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You can find this plant near freshwater wetlands. Native American tribes were eating Cattail. The rhizomes of the plant can be eaten raw or boiled. If you’ll use the rootstock, you should wash off the mud. The stem can also be eaten raw and you can also boil the leaves just like spinach.


This herb can be found in the arctic and temperate zones. It has hefty leaves with small white flowers. The leaves can be boiled or eaten raw and have high content of minerals and vitamins.

Field Pennycress

It’s a weed that grows during late winter or early spring. But, you shouldn’t eat the leaves if the wed grows in contaminated soil because it sucks up minerals around it. Only eat this weed if it grows along roadsides.


This plant is included in the diet of Native American tribes. But, it is best to look for young Fireweed that has tender leaves. Otherwise, if the plant is matured, the leaves would taste bitter. The stalk can also be eaten as well as the seeds and flowers, but expect for peppery taste. It contains Vitamins A and C.

Green Seaweed

If you’re stranded in a deserted island, you can look for green seaweed. It is edible, but should rinse and let it dry. It can be included in a soup or eaten raw.


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This is another type of seaweed that can be finding anywhere in the world. It’s a good source of Vitamin K, lignans and folate. Can be included in a soup or eaten raw.


This has been used not only as food but also as herbal remedy even during the ancient years. You can find this plant in wet areas and also grows in alpine areas. Choose the young leaves for better tastes otherwise mature leaves have bitter taste.


In United States, this weed is considered obnoxious. But, when stranded in the wild, it can be a great help for survival as it contains vitamins and minerals. The smooth fat leaves can be boiled or eaten raw, but expect for sour taste.

Knowing those edible plants cited above gives you clear ideas which one to eat and to avoid. That’s why if you’re planning to camp or hike in the wild make sure to bring with you this list and make sure that it has pictures to ensure that you wouldn’t be mistaken.

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