Category Archives: Wildcrafting

Pindo Palm Jelly

Butia capitata Pindo Palms are a common landscape plant in southern climates.  Most owners are glad to give away the fruit, and surprised to know they are edible. Yellow, pineapple sweet and tart at the same time, Pindo Palms are … Continue reading

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American Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana The American or common persimmon, also called simmon, possumwood, and Florida persimmon is a slow-growing, moderately sized tree native to southeastern North America. The fruit is about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Unripe fruit, which is high in … Continue reading

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Coastal Groundcherry

Physalis angustifolia The Coastal Groundcherry, is a species of flowering plant in the nightshade family.  It is native to the Gulf Coast shoreline of the Southeastern United States, where it is found on maritime dunes and sands.  I found these … Continue reading

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Rattlesnake Weed

Florida Betony (Stachys floridana) aka Rattlesnake weed. Florida Betony, is one of the most common plants found in Florida lawns and landscape.  Sun and a moist lawn are magnets for Florida Betony and most information found on this plant is … Continue reading

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Muscadine Grape Jam

Muscadine grapes are a sustainable fruit crop in the southeastern United States.  They are tolerant of insect and disease pests and they successfully grow at he 40 acre woods without spraying any pesticides. Typically, muscadine grapes bear dark fruit with … Continue reading

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Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) is a common vine found in Florida.  The fruit of the Creeping Cucumber is a tiny, delicious, cucumber-flavored fruit that looks like little green watermelon when young but turns a dark purple/black when ripe.  The green … Continue reading

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Gopher Apple

Gopher Apple (Licania michauxii) This hearty small shrub looks more like a bunch of oak seedlings than anything else.  Underground it grows with an extensive maze of stems that send up slender woody shoots with evergreen oak-like leaves.  The leaves … Continue reading

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