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 black currant leaves, flowers, fruits

    American Black Currant

    Ribes americanum
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    Edible

    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 haw leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Black Haw

    Viburnum prunifolium
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    Edible

    Illustration of common blackberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Common Blackberry

    Rubus allegheniensis
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    Edible

    Illustration of deerberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Deerberry

    Vaccinium stamineum
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    Edible

    Illustration of downy serviceberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Downy Serviceberry

    Amelanchier arborea
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    Edible

    Illustration of farkleberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Farkleberry

    Vaccinium arboreum
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    Edible

    Illustration of fragrant sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Fragrant Sumac

    Rhus aromatica
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    Edible

    Illustration of golden currant leaves, flowers, fruits

    Golden Currant

    Ribes odoratum (syn. R. aureum)
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    Edible

    Illustration of lowbush blueberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Lowbush Blueberry

    Vaccinium pallidum (syn. V. vacillans)
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    Edible

    Illustration of Missouri gooseberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Missouri Gooseberry

    Ribes missouriense
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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 pawpaw leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Pawpaw

    Asimina triloba
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    Edible

    Illustration of prickly gooseberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Prickly Gooseberry

    Ribes cynosbati
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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 wild plum leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Wild Plum

    Prunus americana
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    Edible