Eastern Prickly Pear
Use: The ripe fruit is edible raw or in jelly. Tender young leaf pads can be cut up and used similar to: string beans, or like okra to thicken soups, or raw in salads. Spines (glochids) need to be removed first! Read more to the right...
The following species are native...and also delicious. Because there are so many edible native plants, we only include plants that we currently sell at Blue Stem and that are generally straightforward in their usage. However, we wholeheartedly support using native plants as food for humans. At the bottom of this page you can find links for further reading and research. Click on any image below to take you to each plant's product page.
For more reading on native plants that are edible, we recommend the following links: