Jan Phillips' award-winning book, Wild Edibles of Missouri, was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a PDF. Download it 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. -Check it out!

Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Make a certain ID and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction.


    Illustration of American basswood leaves, flowers, fruits.
    Illustration of American black currant leaves, flowers, fruits

    American Black Currant

    Ribes americanum
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    Edible

    Illustration of black gum flowers and fruits.

    Black Gum

    Nyssa sylvatica
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    Edible

    Illustration of bristly greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruit

    Bristly Greenbrier

    Smilax hispida (syn. S. tamnoides var. hispida)
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    Edible

    Illustration of catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Catbrier

    Smilax bona-nox
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    Edible

    Illustration of deerberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Deerberry

    Vaccinium stamineum
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    Edible

    Illustration of dewberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Dewberry

    Rubus flagellaris
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    Edible

    Illustration of farkleberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Farkleberry

    Vaccinium arboreum
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    Edible

    Illustration of frost grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Frost Grape

    Vitis vulpina
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    Edible

    Illustration of greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Greenbrier

    Smilax glauca
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    Edible

    Illustration of New Jersey tea leaves, flowers, fruits.

    New Jersey Tea

    Ceanothus americanus
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    Edible

    Illustration of persimmon leaves, branch, fruit.

    Persimmon

    Diospyros virginiana
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    Edible

    Illustration of prickly gooseberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Prickly Gooseberry

    Ribes cynosbati
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    Edible

    Illustration of red grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Red Grape

    Vitis palmata
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    Edible

    Illustration of riverbank grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Riverbank Grape

    Vitis riparia
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    Edible

    Illustration of sand grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Sand Grape

    Vitis rupestris
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    Edible

    Illustration of smooth sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Smooth Sumac

    Rhus glabra
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    Edible

    Photo of smooth sumac.

    Sumacs

    Rhus spp.
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    Edible

    Illustration of summer grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Summer Grape

    Vitis aestivalis
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    Edible

    Leaves of riverbank grape in a thick growth of the vines

    Wild Grapes

    Vitis species
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    Edible

    Illustration of winter grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Winter Grape

    Vitis cinerea
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    Edible