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

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

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

A note on photos: I give you the scientific name of the plant so you can look it up in a plant identification book. You need to do the work. There is no rush. The green path is a slow journey of discovery.

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 AppleMalus 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 WeedMatricaria 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 CampionSilene uniflora
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

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

Sea BuckthornHippophae rhamnoides
Fruit: Cooked.

Sea PurslaneAtriplex portulacoides
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sea RadishRaphanus maritimus
Leaf: Raw, cooked
Leaf stalk: Raw, cooked (spicier than the leaf)

SilverweedPotentilla 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.

StonecropSedum album
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

Sweet ChestnutCastanea sativa
Nut: Raw, cooked.

WalnutJuglans regia
Nut: Raw, cooked.

Wild Service TreeSorbus torminalis
Fruit: Cooked.

Wood SorrelOxalis acetosella
Leaf: Raw, cooked.

YarrowAchillea millefolium
Leaf: Raw or cooked.

Further Reading

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