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Florida’s Wild edible plants

#1 Kumquat (Fortunella margarita)

The kumquat tree, also known as Nagami is a small gem of the citrus family found all over Florida. The name kumquat in chinese actually means, “Gold orange” due to the color of its striking fruit. It is usually found in disturbed areas and sandy soils and are ripe for the picking around winter time.

Kumquats can be eaten whole, made into salads, into preserves, marmalade, incorporated into cakes, and even infused into vodka. An interesting fact about kumquats is that it’s the only citrus you can consume with skin and all. These citrus gems contain a rich supply of vitamin C, are high in antioxidants, supports healthy immune function, and may even help combat obesity.1

Blackberries (Rubus spp.)

Gathering blackberries might pose to be a difficult task as it has its perfect defenses of thorns and spiky leaves. This is a bush of several species of blackberries found in Florida, but they all look similar, and have the same thorny and spiky characteristics. Blackberries are best picked in spring and are typically found in sandhills, woods, wet hammocks, and even along pond edges throughout Florida.

They have many uses where the berries can be eaten fresh or implemented into a sorbet, jam, jelly, cobbler, juice, and even wine. Fresh or dried leaves can be brewed into teas and the tiny, young, fresh stems, before they get thorns can be added to salads. The uses for blackberries are without bounds. According to Healthline, they are found to be a great source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and helps support oral health and can even boost brain health.

Well, that’s all the news from the south,
Happy” farming” to all the farm girl sisters out there.
See you next time down on the farm..

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