Being out in the wild means having to survive by finding whatever food sources are available. The good news is that there are many different types of edible plants that you can consume for a quick snack or to keep you alive until help arrives. However, there are also plenty of inedible plants with some being poisonous that you should leave alone. Here are the top 20 wild flowerS that are safe to consume so that you can stay alive out in the wild.
1. Beach Lovage: Perfect as part of a salad, you can even consume the leaves as part of a salsa mix. Eat it before the flowers appear for best taste.
2. Cattail: Found along freshwater creeks, ponds, and other bodies of water, you can eat the rootstock raw or boiled. The top, which is shaped like corn actually tastes a little like corn.
3. Chickweed: A spring flower, you can eat it raw or boiled and they offer plenty of minerals and vitamins.
4. Chicory: A bright, blue flower that is sometimes pink or white, they can be eaten whole and help get rid of parasites.
5. Clovers: You can eat the three and four leaf varieties. They grow practically everywhere, but you probably want to cook them to get rid of the bitterness.
6. Coltsfoot: You can eat the flowers and young leaves. Plus, they can help soothe a cough when mixed with honey in your tea.
7. Creeping Charlie: You can eat the young leaves raw or add them to a salad. It is mostly used to help flavor other dishes.
8. Dandelions: Arguably the easiest to recognize, you can eat it all raw or cooked. Dandelions offer plenty of Vitamins A and C along with beta carotene.
9. Daylily: Bright orange flowers with no stem, you can consume the buds before they open or cook it if you like.
10. Fireweed: A purple flower, it is best consumed when young before it becomes bitter. A good source of Vitamins A and C.
11. Garlic Mustard: Pretty much can all be consumed, even the seeds. Best used in salads when mixed with other flowers and plants.
12. Herb Robert: You can consume the entire plant, make it into a salad or tea. You can even dry the leaves and root for use as a tea.
13. Hop Clover: You can consume the flowers, leaves, and even the seeds. They were a common part of the diet of Native Americans.
14. Joe Pye Weed: The entire plant is edible, including the root.
15. Lamb’s Quarters: Similar to other greens like spinach or turnip greens.
16. Pigweed: All of the plant is edible and nutritious. Perfect for sandwiches and salads.
17. Plantain: You can find this plant virtually anywhere.
18. Red Clovers: Add to hot water for a good tea or toss them in a salad with other consumable plants.
19. Watercress: The leaves are spicy and work well in salads and soups.
20. Wild Garlic: Found in fields, pastures, and meadows, works well in salads.
All of these wildflowers can be consumed when out in the wild, but best if you cook or boil them for better taste.