Bush Tucker Plant Foods - Edible Weeds

Bush Tucker Plant Food - Edible Weeds

NEW: Australian Bush Food Plant Quiz (Bush Tucker and Edible Weeds).

See also: Bush Tucker Plant Foods Index

This section shows some edible weeds. Most of these "weeds" are introduced species, rather than natives of Australia. They grow in and around developed areas, rather than on undisturbed, native bushland as do the traditional “bush tucker” plant foods that were used by Australian Aboriginies. For an introduction to the subject of edible weeds, see my other page on edible weeds.

HOT:Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable LivingThe Weed Forager’s Handbook, published in 2012, is an excellent guide to edible weeds.

Warning - Edible Weeds WARNING: Never eat plants that are growing in an area where they may have been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides (weed killers), or where the water supply to the area could be polluted, such as from urban or industrial run-off. Never eat any part of any wild growing plant unless you are certain you can identify it. Being certain means you have developed a maturity of skill in identifying plants. It does not mean you are pretty sure it looks just like "that plant you saw once on some website".

This page shows some edible weeds that can be found in the Sydney and Blue Mountains regions. Most of them can be found in other parts of Australia, and other parts of the world also. Click on the pictures to show more information about each of the different edible weed food species.

Acetosa sagittata
Turkey Rhubarb

Edible Weeds - Acetosa sagittata - Turkey Rhubarb

Bidens pilosa
Cobbler's Pegs, Farmer's Friends

Edible Weeds - Bidens pilosa - Cobbler's Pegs

Briza maxima
Blowfly Grass

Edible Weeds - Briza maxima - Blowfly Grass

Chenopodium album
Fat Hen

Edible Weeds - Chenopodium album - Fat Hen


Edible Weeds - Cirsium - Thistle

Commelina cyanea
Scurvy Weed
, Native Wandering Jew

Warning - Edible Weeds This is not the introduced "Wandering Jew" or "Trad" with white flowers.


Edible Weeds - Commelina cyanea - Scurvy Weed

Crataegus monogyna


Edible Weeds - Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn

Foeniculum vulgare


Edible Weeds - Foeniculum vulgare - Fennel

Galium aparine


Edible Weeds - Galium aparine - Cleavers

Hypochaeris radicata

Edible Weeds - Hypochaeris radicata - Catsears

Ipomoea cairica
Coastal Morning Glory

Warning - Edible Weeds Some Ipomoea species are poisonous

Edible Weeds - Ipomoea cairica - Coastal Morning Glory

Lactuca serriola
Prickly Lettuce

Edible Weeds - Lactuca serriola - Prickly Lettuce

Wood Sorrel

Edible Weeds - Oxalis - Wood Sorrel

Papaver - Poppies

Warning - Edible Weeds The edibility of Papaver dubium is in question and there are claims it is poisonous

Edible Weeds - Papaver - Poppies

Petroselinum crispum
Wild Parsley

Warning - Edible Weeds This plant has a poisonous lookalike

Edible Weeds - Petroselinum crispum - Wild Parsley


Edible Weeds - Plantago - Plantains

Rubus Fruticosus

Edible Weeds - Rubus Fruticosus - Blackberry


Edible Weeds - Rumex - Docks

Rumex acetosella
Sheep Sorrel

Edible Weeds - Rumex acetosella - Sheep Sorrel


Warning - Edible Weeds Some Solanum species are poisonous, and many edible species have poisonous lookalikes

Edible Weeds - Solanum - Nightshades


Edible Weeds - Sonchus - Sowthistle


Edible Weeds - Trifolium - Clover

Tropaeolum majus

Edible Weeds - Tropaeolum majus - Nasturtium

Taraxacum officinale

Edible Weeds - Taraxacum officinale - Dandelion


Edible Weeds - Viola - Violets

Recommended Reading for Edible Weeds

The Weed Forager’s Handbook, Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-RowlandThe Weed Forager’s Handbook, Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland. This is the best Australian book on edible weeds that's currently in print that I know of. Most of the book is about the author's top 20 edible weeds, with each weed getting a few pages that include detailed photos and drawings for identification. First published in 2012.

"Step into the world of our least admired botanical companions, peel back the layers of prejudice, and discover the finer side of the plants we call weeds. This book reveals how to distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike, which weeds are among the most nutritious vegetables ever tested, and how you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung ...It will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch."

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Purchase from Amazon

Edible Weeds in Isabell Shipard's BookHow can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods, Isabell Shipard. I have not had this book very long but I am very impressed with it. It covers a great many of the topics discussed on survival.ark.au and covers them quite well. There are 16 pages (large pages, with small writing) devoted to edible weeds, including colour photos of many of the weeds. Apart from edible weeds it also covers a few bush tucker (native) food plants, survival kits, storing food, permaculture, sprouting, herbs, and more. Her Course on DVD (PAL format, $35.00 AUD) looks like it would also be excellent, though I have not seen it yet.

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Click here to purchase from Isabell's Site (Australian) $37.00 AUD

See Also

Bush Tucker Plant Foods Index
About Edible Weeds
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