Northern Bushcraft

Wild Edible Plants of Ontario

This guide covers a number of edible plants in Ontario, Canada including the Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton areas and the Georgian Bay Islands, Pukaskwa, Bruce Peninsula, Point Pelee, and St. Lawrence Islands National Parks. Do not collect where prohibited.

This guide focuses on wild edible plants that that are relatively easy to identify and have no deadly poisonous look-alikes.

All plant parts described as being edible raw are also edible (and often more palatable) when cooked.

  1. bedstraw (aka cleavers)
  2. camas (aka blue camas)
  3. groundnut (aka potato bean)
  4. indian pipe (aka ghost plant)
  5. lamb's quarter (aka pigweed)
  6. pickleweed (aka glasswort, sea asparagus)
  7. salsify (aka goatsbeard, oyster plant)
  8. sea milkwort (aka sea milkweed)
  9. seaside sandplant (aka sea sandwort, beach greens)
  10. silverweed (aka cinquefoil)
  11. speedwell (aka brooklime, gypsyweed)
  12. swamp hedge-nettle (aka marsh woundwort)
  13. sweet gale (aka bog myrtl)
  14. wild bergamot (aka horsemint)
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Related topics: Edible Berries of Ontario - Edible Mushrooms of Ontario
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