Plant ID forum: Trying to get into wild edibles

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New Jersey
Oct 15, 2017 5:58 PM CST
Took a walk in the woods the other day and took some pics of some plants and trees I thought might be edible. Wondering if anyone could identify them. I have a couple photos so I will make a thread for each. I am in NJ if that helps.
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This plant was a tree if you can't tell from the photo and there was a bunch of them in this wooded area.

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Name: Porkpal
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Oct 15, 2017 8:30 PM CST
I think your tree is a Mimosa, but I don't know whether any part is considered edible.
Name: Karen
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Oct 15, 2017 8:36 PM CST
I had to look it up.
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Name: greene
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Oct 18, 2017 2:22 PM CST
I'm not even gonna try to identify any of these. I just want to say that if you own the land where the plants are growing, you can harvest whatever you like, edible or not. But if you do not own the need to request permission from the landowner. Also, you need to make sure the plant(s) in question are not on an endangered list.

There are classes one can take to become acquainted and educated about wild edibles in your local area. NGA has members from all over the country and several non-US countries, so "edible" would be different depending on where one lives. My best advice is to seek a local expert and train with them.

I agree Deane Green of Eat The Weeds is a good place to start but you need to go out into the field to be sure of making an exact identification before actually eating any plant you come across.

There are many different books such as this one:
But a book cannot replace the expertise of an experienced

Don't hesitate to include Pennsylvania in your search for a mentor. Here is someone with a wealth of knowledge.

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 20, 2017 8:18 AM CST
Most legumes are toxic.... Even something like kidney beans...

Rather than looking for wild edibles.... Consider planting a garden.

After growing your own food, you can try eating the various "weeds" that show up... After identifying them!

I think you will find that most wild edibles are not really edible..

There's a reason for so many stories like the Donner party....

There's just not that much out there, and... Attempting to graze in your own neighborhood soon depletes the wild reserves.... Another reason that we were all nomadic before the advent of farming.

There are good tasting wild plants, and most are easily cultivated.

You're in the right place, identifying the plants in your neighborhood is it's own reward.
Name: Caroline Scott
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Oct 20, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Mushrooms can be tragic ! There was an incident on Vancouver Island where a child died after eating toxic mushrooms.

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