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.


    Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

    Bull Thistle

    Cirsium vulgare
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    Edible

    Photo of a chicory plant.

    Chicory

    Cichorium intybus
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    Edible

    Photo of common violet

    Common Violet

    Viola sororia
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    Edible

    Image of Johnny-jump-up.

    Johnny-Jump-Up (Field Pansy)

    Viola bicolor
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    Edible

    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of toothwort plant with flowers

    Toothwort

    Cardamine concatenata (formerly Dentaria laciniata)
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    Edible