Wild Arkansas

July 9, 2010

List of summer edibles – NW Arkansas

Filed under: collecting, Edible plants, foraging, herbs, summer — Tags: , , , , , — WildArkansas @ 12:36 am

A Short list of common edibles currently in season (summer) for Northwest Arkansas, though some can be found throughout the year. There are a few missing, but I’ll add to the list as I run across them.

Common name                   Binomial

American Elder             Sambucus canadensis

Asparagus                      Asparagus officianalis

Black Cherry                 Prunus serotina

Cattail                              Typha latifolia

Chicory                           Cichorium intybus

Chufa                               Cyperus esculentus

Dandelion                     Taraxacum officianale

Docks                            Rumex (acetosa,longifolia…)

(There are several varieties of dock/sorrel in the area; including curly, spinach, broad leaved and the dooryard. All are edible.)

Ground Cherry         Physalis pubescens

Ground Nut               Apios americana

Lambs quarters      Chenopodium album

May apple                Podophyllum peltatum

Mulberry (red/white) Morus rubra/alba

Oak (red/white)     Quercus rubra/alba

Passionflower        Passiflora incarnata

Pawpaw                   Asimina triloba

Peppermint            Mentha piperita

Pickeral weed       Pontederia cordata

Plantago                 Plantago major, asiatica…

Purslane                 Portulaca oleracea

Quickweed           Galinsoga parviflora

Smilax                    Smilax rotundifolia

Smooth Sumac   Rhus glabra

Spearmint            Mentha spicata

Sweet Flag           Acorus calamus



  1. Is there a place where I can find a list of the wild edibles for the Garland County region? The information listed here is great to know! Thanks. Veronica and Gary

    Comment by Gary and Veronica — July 18, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

  2. Hi Gary and Veronica. I have not found a list, but I’ve only been working with Benton and Washington Counties. I’m sure if you visit the USDA Plant Database, they may have it broken down by county. Here’s the link http://plants.usda.gov/

    Comment by maturehealth — July 18, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  3. Thanks for some very good info on a subject of interest to me. I would like to see listed what part of the plant is edible such as tuber, root, leaf, etc. Thanks again.

    Comment by Vicky May — July 31, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

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