What to Forage in May – The Best Wild Food Plants to Harvest

Discover over sixty wild food plants you can forage and harvest in May.

Availability should only be seen as a rough guide. Variations in climate and location will make a difference to what’s available.

AlexandersSmyrnium olusatrum
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Ash – Fraxinus excelsior
Seedpod: Cooked

Black MustardBrassica nigra
Leaf: Raw, cooked

BrambleRubus fruticosus agg.
Shoots: Raw, cooked

Bristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides
Buds: Raw, cooked
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Cooked

Bush VetchVicia sepium
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Cat’s-ear – Hypochaeris radicata
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Chicory – Cichorium intybus
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Columbine – Aquilegia vulgaris
Flower: Raw
All other parts of this plant are considered poisonous.

Cow parsleyAnthriscus sylvestris
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked
Stem: Raw, cooked

Creeping thistleCirsium arvense
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked

Crow garlicAllium vineale
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Cuckooflower/lady’s smockCardamine pratensis
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Daisy – Bellis perennis
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Danish scurvygrassCochlearia danica
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Dittander – Lepidium latifolium
Leaf: Raw, cooked

English scurvygrassCochlearia anglica
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Garlic mustardAlliaria petiolata
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked
Stem: Raw, cooked

Good king HenryChenopodium bonus-henricus
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Ground elder – Aegopodium podagraria
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Hairy bittercressCardamine hirsuta
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Hawthorn – Crataegus monogyna
Flower: Raw, cooked

Hedge bedstrawGalium album
Leaf/shoots: Raw, cooked

Hogweed – Heracleum sphondylium
Leaf: Cooked
Shoots: Cooked

HonestyLunaria annua
Flower: Raw

Hop – Humulus lupulus
Shoot: Cooked

Horseradish – Armoracia rusticana
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Hottentot fig – Carpobrotus edulis
Leaf: Raw, cooked

MallowMalva spp.
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Marsh thistleCirsium palustre
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked

Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria
Leaf: Raw, cooked
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked

Mugwort – Artemisia vulgaris
Leaf: Raw, cooked

OracheAtriplex spp.
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Oxeye daisyLeucanthemum vulgare
Buds: Raw, cooked
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Pignut – Conopodium majus
Root: Raw, cooked

Pineappleweed – Matricaria discoidea
Flower: Raw, cooked

Pink purslaneClaytonia sibirica
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Red dead nettleLamium purpureum
Flower: Raw, cooked
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Rock samphireCrithmum maritimum
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Rosebay willowherbChamerion angustifolium
Leaf: Raw, cooked

ScurvygrassCochlearia spp.
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Sea asterAster tripolium
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Sea beetBeta vulgaris subsp. maritima
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Sea kale – Crambe maritima
Shoot: Raw, cooked
Flower: Raw, cooked

Sea purslane Atriplex portulacoides
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Sea sandwortHonckenya peploides
Leaf: Cooked

Shepherd’s purse – Capsella bursa-pastoris
Flower: Raw, cooked
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Sneezewort – Achillea ptarmica
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Spear leaved oracheAtriplex prostrata
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Spear thistleCirsium vulgare
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked

Spring beauty – Claytonia perfoliata
Whole plant: Raw, cooked

Three cornered leekAllium triquetrum
Flower: Raw

Tufted vetchVicia cracca
Flower: Raw, cooked
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Water mintMentha aquatica
Leaf: Raw, cooked

White dead nettleLamium album
Flower: Raw
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Wild angelicaAngelica sylvestris
Leaf: Cooked

Wild carrotDaucus carota
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Wild celeryApium graveolens
Leaf: Raw, cooked
Stem: Raw, cooked

Wild fennelFoeniculum vulgare
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Wild garlicAllium ursinum
Buds: Raw, cooked
Flower: Raw, cooked

Wintercress – Barbarea vulgaris
Flower: Raw, cooked
Leaf: Raw, cooked

Wood avensGeum urbanum
Leaf: Cooked

Woodruff – Galium odoratum
Flower: Raw, cooked
Leaf: Raw, cooked

YarrowAchillea millefolium
Leaf: Raw, cooked