Wondering what I’m eating during my year of growing and foraging 100% of my food?
If yes, then this page is for you!
I have listed every food that I have eaten so far. This list is currently updated as of day 352 of the project, 10/28/2019.
I have split the list into two sections: foods that I have grown and foods that I have foraged. I do not have any specific order, however the two sections are generally in order of foods that I ate first in the year. I started off also listing the foods that I had eaten the most of first, but need to work on that system. I’ve only sampled many of the foods listed, others are staples that I eat daily or multiple times per week. It is also possible that I have forgotten to add a few foods to this list. Those, I may have learned about on a foraging walk or only grew a small amount and have forgotten. As of the most recent update I have grown and foraged over 300 different foods (grown 110 and foraged over 190).
Update: I have added a section for the plants I foraged during my trip to the Great Lakes region July 13th – October 4th 2019.
This page does not explain the meals and dishes that I create with the food that I grow and forage. I have only listed each species (or as some would say, ingredient).
You can read my daily log of what I’ve eaten here.
You can see a photo documentation of my staple meals and foods here.
Foods that I have grown in Florida:
sweet potato (white, purple and orange varieties)
yuca/cassava (roots and leaves)
yam (Dioscorea alata– multiple varieties- purple and white flesh)
papaya (unripe green and ripe orange and seeds)
serrano pepper (green and red)
purple top turnips
red meat specialty radish
bees wax, bee pollen, bee propolis
Perennial greens: moringa, katuk, Okinawa spinach, longevity spinach, Suriname spinach, cranberry hibiscus, purslane, chaya, sweet potato greens, malibar spinach, garden sorrel, Haitian basket vine, Brazilian spinach
Annual greens: roselle/ Jamaican Sorrel (leaves and flowers), collards, kale, arugula, Swiss chard, green wave mustard greens, scarlett frills mustard greens, chicory, lettuce (multiple types), cabbage (green and red), broccoli, paracicaba sprouting broccoli, purple choi sum flowering brassica/ kosaitai, yu choy, tsoi sum, nasturtium, pak choy (2 varieties), Plantago, amaranth (grain and leaves)
Herbs: African blue basil, Cuban oregano, holy basil (2 types), garlic chive, bunching/ green onion, mint (multiple types), rosemary, lemon grass, Italian basil, Thai basil, papalo, ginger, turmeric, green tea, cilantro, garlic greens, dill, fennel, thyme, oregano, tarragon, curry leaf tree, chamomile, garlic, lemon bee balm, parsley, Costa Rican bush mint, yerba buena, lemon balm, sage, dill seeds, coriander, mustard seeds, lavender
Foods that I have foraged in Florida:
sea salt and ocean water
fish (mullet, striped mojarra, shad, crappie, sheepshead, sand perch, largemouth bass, sail catfish, bowfin, sea trout, redfish, crevasse jack, fish eggs)
apple (foraged in Wisconsin)
seaweed (multiple varieties)
pine needles (for tea)
perennial peanut (flowers)
white sapote (two types)
chanterelle (two types)
bacteria (many different species)
yeast (many different species)
insects (I have not intentionally eaten any insects yet, but I certainly eat some in the large volume of greens I eat. I’m sure I’ve eaten ants, aphids and other small insects.)
Foods that I have foraged in Wisconsin:
Fruits- apple, crab apple, plum, pear, blueberry, huckleberry, serviceberry, raspberry, blackberry, mulberry, wild strawberry, tart cherry, sand cherry, pin cherry, chokecherry, wintergreen berry, grape, Aronia (chokeberry), false solomon’s seal, hackberry, mountain ash, American nightshade
mushrooms- chanterelle, cinnabar chanterelle, lobster, hedgehog, bolete, oyster, combs tooth, pheasant’s tail, chicken of the woods, hen of the woods, honey mushroom, puffball (3 species), shaggy mane, porcini, stinkhorn, Suillius
greens- dandelion, amaranth, wood nettle, wild mustard, plantago, wood sorrel, sheep’s sorrel, heal all, lady’s thumb, ox eye daisy, clover, creeping Charlie, hawkweed, wood violet, lambs quarter, purslane, mint, honewort, sow thistle, cow parsnip, sochan, curly dock, Virginia waterleaf, hairy wood mint, winter cress, water cress, garlic mustard, stinging nettle
fish- lake trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Northern pike, walleye, rock bass, bullhead, sucker, rainbow trout, perch, whitefish
wintergreen (berry and greens)
balsam sap and leaves
deer meat (venison) and bone broth (found deer on roadside, hit by car)
Echinacea (purple cone flower)
Cover photo by Sierra Ford Photography