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 hazelnut leaves, flowers, fruits.

    American Hazelnut

    Corylus americana
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    Edible

    Illustration of autumn olive leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Autumn Olive

    Elaeagnus umbellata
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Illustration of black cherry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Black Cherry

    Prunus serotina
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    Edible

    Illustration of black gum flowers and fruits.

    Black Gum

    Nyssa sylvatica
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    Edible

    Illustration of black haw leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Black Haw

    Viburnum prunifolium
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    Edible

    Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

    Black Hickory

    Carya texana
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    Edible

    Illustration of black walnut compound leaf and nuts.

    Black Walnut

    Juglans nigra
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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 butternut compound leaf and nuts.

    Butternut

    Juglans cinerea
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    Edible

    Illustration of catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Catbrier

    Smilax bona-nox
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    Edible

    Illustration of chinkapin oak leaf.

    Chinkapin Oak (Chinquapin Oak)

    Quercus muehlenbergii
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    Edible

    Illustration of common blackberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Common Blackberry

    Rubus allegheniensis
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    Edible

    Illustration of hackberry leaves, stem, fruit.

    Common Hackberry

    Celtis occidentalis
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    Edible

    Illustration of dewberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Dewberry

    Rubus flagellaris
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    Edible

    Illustration of downy serviceberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Downy Serviceberry

    Amelanchier arborea
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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 overcup oak leaf.

    Overcup Oak

    Quercus lyrata
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    Edible

    Illustration of pawpaw leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Pawpaw

    Asimina triloba
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    Edible

    Illustration of pecan leaf and fruit.

    Pecan

    Carya illinoinensis
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    Edible

    Illustration of persimmon leaves, branch, fruit.

    Persimmon

    Diospyros virginiana
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    Edible

    Illustration of pignut hickory leaf and fruits.

    Pignut Hickory

    Carya glabra
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    Edible

    Illustration of red grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Red Grape

    Vitis palmata
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    Edible

    Illustration of red mulberry leaves and fruits.

    Red Mulberry

    Morus rubra
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    Edible

    Illustration of riverbank grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Riverbank Grape

    Vitis riparia
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    Edible

    Illustration of round-leaved catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Round-Leaved Catbrier

    Smilax rotundifolia
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    Edible

    Illustration of sand grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Sand Grape

    Vitis rupestris
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    Edible

    Illustration of shellbark hickory leaf and fruits.

    Shellbark Hickory

    Carya laciniosa
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    Edible

    Illustration of smooth sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Smooth Sumac

    Rhus glabra
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    Edible

    Illustration of spicebush leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Spicebush

    Lindera benzoin
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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

    Illustration of swamp chestnut oak leaf.

    Swamp Chestnut Oak (Basket Oak)

    Quercus michauxii
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    Edible

    Illustration of white mulberry leaves and fruit

    White Mulberry

    Morus alba
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    Edible

    Photo of a young grapeleaf, probably raccoon grape

    Wild Grapes

    Vitis species
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    Edible

    Illustration of wild plum leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Wild Plum

    Prunus americana
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    Edible

    Illustration of winter grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Winter Grape

    Vitis cinerea
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    Edible