Wednesdays Words

Florida’s Wild Edible plants Continued

last week I talked about 2 of Florida’s wild edible plants, here are two more

#3 MuscadineGrapes (Vitis spp

There are several species of grapes that occupy Florida. Muscadine, summer grape, and Florida grape can be found all over Florida.2 Grapes are gathered in spring for their leaves, in summer for their fruit, and also in fall. Muscadine grapes being the most common are typically found in well drained soils. It is characterized by its heart-shaped leaves with toothed edges that produce purplish black or even golden green fruit.

These aren’t exactly table grapes as they possess a thicker outer skin and sour flavor. They’re usually made into jams, jellies, and even pies. The USDA says muscadine grapes have been found to have significant amounts of the antioxidant resveratrol, fiber, and essential minerals.

#4 Purslane (Portulaca spp.)

This plant is also known as rose moss, little hog weed, kiss-me-quick, little sun plants, and even pusley. I know these names are incredibly adorable and may be bring you even more joy just to know you can eat every single part of this weed. It is gathered from spring to fall throughout disturbed sites of Florida including beaches. Some species exhibit spatulate leaves while others have terete leaves.
Purslane can be consumed raw, cooked, or even pickled. They’re kind of mucilaginous like okra and are mildly acidic in flavor making it versatile to different flavorings. It has the reputed health benefits of having omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids, and B-complex vitamins.3

To be continued next week

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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