Wild Edibles Workshop

Karen Buschert

Why Learn About Wild Edibles?

  • To learn about the relationship of domestic plants to their wild ancestors
  • Helps with plant ID skills
  • Learn and appreciate the natural world
  • Survival

Characteristics of Wild Edible Plants

  • Generally smaller (domestic plants bred to enlarge the portion of plant that is edible such as carrots, apples, etc.)
  • Highly variable in form, habitat, flavour, medicinal properties
  • Can be more nutritious & flavourful
  • Seedy, mealy, sometimes bitter

General Tips and Suggestions

  • Don’t collect ANYTHING that you can’t identify with 100% confidence
  • Only take what you need
  • Don’t over-harvest tubers or slow-growing plants that you will destroy outright in the collection process
  • Please over-harvest garlic mustard
  • Avoid anything with white berries
  • Make sure you have permission to collect

Good Resources

Peterson Field Guides (Edibles, Medicinals)

Lone Pine Field Guides (Edibles, Medicinals)

“The Neighbourhood Forager: A Guide for the Wild Food Gourmet”, Robert K. Henderson, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 2000.

“Tom Brown’s Field Guide: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants”, Tom Brown Jr., Berkley Books, New York, 1985.

Want to learn more?

Are you interested in what we're up to? Would you like to volunteer or inquire about other opportunities?

Visit us:
Environment 1 (EV1), room 135

Email us:
env.ecology@uwaterloo.ca

Call us:
519-888-4567, ext. 32646

Hours:
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday