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 bristly greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruit

    Bristly Greenbrier

    Smilax hispida (syn. S. tamnoides var. hispida)
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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 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 summer grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Summer Grape

    Vitis aestivalis
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    Edible

    Photo of a young grapeleaf, probably raccoon grape

    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