Wild Edibles of Missouri

Jan Phillips' award-winning book was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a set of PDFs. Download all 21 to learn how to turn wild Missouri plants into biscuits, fritters, jellies, juices, pancakes, pies, salads, soups, wines and more. Color illustrations help you identify plants that are poisonous or have poisonous parts.

In This Section

Wild Edibles Cover and Intro (pdf, 726 KB)

This seven-page PDF includes the out-of-print Wild Edibles of Missouri book cover, introduction, acknowledgments, and preface.

White-Flowering Edibles, Arrowhead - Yucca (pdf, 2 MB)

A usage listing of white-flowering edibles from Arrowroot to Yucca.

White-Flowering Edibles, Peppergrass - Blackberry (pdf, 2 MB)

A listing of usage for white-flowering edibles peppergrass - blackberry.

White-Flowering Edibles, Dewberry - Persimmon (pdf, 2 MB)

Usage listing for white-flowering edibles, dewberry - persimmon.

White-Flowering Edibles, Plantain - Ox-Eye Daisy (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage listing for white-flowering edibles plantain - ox-eye daisy.

Yellow-Flowering Edibles, Bellwort - Winter Cress (pdf, 2 MB)

Usage listing for yellow-flowering edibles Bellwort - Winter Cress.

Yellow-Flowering Edibles, Cinquefoil - Jerusalem Artichoke (pdf, 2 MB)

Usage listing for yellow-flowering edibles Cinquefoil - Jerusalem Artichoke.

Green-Flowering Edibles, Cattail - Willows (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage listing for green-flowering edibles Cattail - Willows.

Green-Flowering Edibles, Black Walnut - Dock (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage listing of green-flowering edibles Black Walnut - Dock.

Green-Flowering Edibles, Field Sorrel, Sheep Sorrel - Buck Brush, Indian Currant, Coralberry (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage listing for green-flowering edibles Field Sorrel, Sheep Sorrel - Buck Brush, Indian Currant, Coralberry.

Brown- and Red-flowering Edibles, Wake Robin - Crab Apples (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage listing for brown- and red-flowering edibles, Wake Robin - Crab Apples.

Brown- and Red-Flowering Edibles, Wild Rose - Hollyhock (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage for brown- and red-flowering edibles Wild Rose - Hollyhock

Brown- and Red-Flowering Edibles, Maple - Thistle (pdf, 2 MB)

Usage listing for brown- and red-flowering edibles Maple-Thistle.

Blue-Flowering Edibles, Spiderwort - Chicory (pdf, 1 MB)

Usage listing for blue-flowering edibles Spiderwort - Chicory.

Non-Flowering Edibles, Reindeer Lichen (pdf, 280 KB)

Usage listing for non-flowering edible Reindeer Lichen.

Color Plates (pdf, 1 MB)

Downloadable color illustrations of every plant listed.

Beware! Dangerous! Poisonous! Caution! (pdf, 2 MB)

Poison warnings for specific plants/wild edibles.

Bibliography (pdf, 292 KB)

A listing of additional information sources about wild edibles.

Recipes (pdf, 532 KB)

Recipes detailing how to cook and serve Missouri's wild edibles.