Introductions and Guidance

Greetings, friend. My name is Merriwether, welcome to my edible wild plants blog. By day I'm a research chemist but my weekends are spent exploring the surprisingly large tracts of wild land in and around Houston. Since the Fall of 2008, I've been teaching teaching an edible wild plant classes at the Houston Arboretum and other parks and nature preserves around Texas.

This blog contains the names and pictures of edible wild plants I've found in my explorations. Each plant has a post listing when and where to find it, which parts are edible, and how to prepare them plus other useful information. All the photographs of these plants were taken by me. These wild edibles can be found around Houston and other areas of Texas, though most of these plants can also be found nationwide and even worldwide.

There are three ways to find a plant on this blog. The first is by common name as listed in the sidebar to the left. On the right sidebar you can look for the plant based on the environment it grows, season, plant type, flower color, fruit or seedpod color, and use. Finally, the blog search box at the top of the page can be used to search for key words such as scientific names.

Foods edible raw have been marked with the Raw label to make them easier to focus on by raw foodists. Please read the plant details to identify which parts of the plant can safely be eaten raw and thoroughly wash any plants, especially if collected from ponds, streams, marshes, or swamps.

I'm a teacher at heart so if you have questions feel free to e-mail me and I'll try to answer them. Also, please read and take to heart the Foraging Ethics. This is to insure that the joy of wild foods remains available to all.

If you like the information found here please help support by purchasing edible wild plant books and gear for a self-sufficient lifestyle from my store, The Forager's Shack.

Peace be with you.

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