What to Forage in October – The Best Wild Food Plants To Harvest

Discover over forty wild food plants you can forage and harvest in October.

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

AlexandersSmyrnium olusatrum
Leaf: Raw, cooked.
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked.

Black mustardBrassica nigra
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

BurdockArctium spp.
Root: Raw, cooked.

Cow parsleyAnthriscus sylvestris
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Crab apple – Malus sylvestris
Fruit: Cooked.

Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
Root: Raw, cooked.
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Douglas firPseudotsuga menziesii
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Garlic mustardAlliaria petiolata
Root: Raw, cooked.

Ground elderAegopodium podagraria
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Guelder roseViburnum opulus
Fruit: Cooked.

Hairy bittercressCardamine hirsuta
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

HawthornCrataegus monogyna
Fruit: Raw, cooked.

Hedge bedstrawGalium mollugo
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

HorseradishArmoracia rusticana
Root: Raw, cooked.

Lady’s smockCardamine pratensis
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

MallowMalva spp.
Leaf: Cooked.

NavelwortUmbilicus rupestris
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

OakQuercus spp.
Acorns: Cooked.

Pineapple weed – Matricaria discoidea
Flowers: Raw, cooked.
Leaves: Raw, cooked.

Rock samphireCrithmum maritimum
Leaf: Raw, cooked.Seed: Raw, cooked.

RosehipRosa canina
Fruit: Raw, cooked.

RowanSorbus spp.
Fruit: Cooked.

SaxifrageChrysosplenium oppositifolium
Leaf: Cooked.

Sea asterTripolium pannonicum
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sea campion – Silene uniflora
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sea beetBeta vulgaris subsp. maritima
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sea buckthorn – Hippophae rhamnoides
Fruit: Cooked.

Sea purslaneAtriplex portulacoides
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sea radish – Raphanus maritimus
Leaf: Raw, cooked
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked (spicier than the leaf)

Silverweed – Potentilla anserina
Root: Cooked.

Sloe or blackthornPrunus spinosa
Fruit: Raw, cooked.

SorrelRumex acetosa
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

SowthistleSonchus spp.
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Stinging nettleUrtica dioica
Leaf: Raw, cooked.
Seed: Raw, cooked.

Stonecrop – Sedum album
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sweet chestnutCastanea sativa
Nut: Raw, cooked.

Walnut – Juglans regia
Nut: Raw, cooked.

Wild service tree – Sorbus torminalis
Fruit: Cooked.

Wood sorrel – Oxalis acetosella
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

YarrowAchillea millefolium
Leaf: Raw or cooked.

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