Edible Plants of zone 9b | Florida food forest gardening

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the edible plants growing in our zone 9b food forest in Brevard County, Florida. In order by size.

There are over 50 varieties of food growing along this pathway in our zone 9b food forest

Small Edible Plants & Vines

low growing, spreading

Sweet potatoes (part shade)

Cowpeas (full sun, part shade)


Purple possum Passion Fruit (sun or shade)

Alachua Grapes (sun or shade)

small bushes and herbs

Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Catnip




Prickly Pear

Everglades Tomatoes

Potatoes (cool weather crop)

Emerald Blueberry

Kestrel Blueberry

Blueberry Darrowii

Longevity Spinach (warm weather crop)

Okinawa Spinach (warm weather crop)

Medium Edible Plants

Kept around 10 feet tall.

Sugar Cane

Gandules (5-year life span)

False Roselle aka Cranberry Hibiscus (moist soil)





Inga (Ice Cream Bean)

Katuk (shade)

Everbearing Mulberry (shade!)



Tapioca and Variegated Tapioca

Flatwoods Plum

Florida Prince Peach

Scarlett Beauty Plum

Dorsett Apple (15 feet tall)

Miracle Fruit (shade)

Elderberry (water-loving)

Barbados Cherry Tree

Grumichama Tree

Chaya aka Tree Spinach

Large Edible Trees

plant far from your home and give plenty of space to grow.

Avocadoes (Choquette



Bananas (ice cream banana)

Olive Tree

Giant Mulberry

Strawberry Fruit Tree (will die in a hard frost)


White Sapote


Anna Apple (30 feet tall)

Bay Leaf tree

Allspice tree

Survival Plants

The following list contains edible plants that aren’t commonly eaten. They aren’t very tasty, but they are good to know for a survival situation.

Taro aka Elephant ears (edible tuber and leaves)

Canna Lily (edible tuber and new growth)

Frog Fruit (Florida native weed, edible but not tasty)

Any Floridians interested in more info on foraging for wild edibles, check out this book on Amazon. I heard about it through the Florida Native Plant Society and bought a copy for my nightstand.

If you are in a situation where you have to resort to eating weeds for survival, chances are, the internet will be out too so makes sense to have this one in a hard copy…


Make sure you know what you are eating, prior to eating it. Not only do you want to make sure that you identify a plant properly before consuming it, but you want to look at its growing conditions and the environment around it.

Is it being sprayed by pesticides?

Are the plants next to a busy road where they are exposed to a lot of car exhaust?

Are they being watered from a pond that accumulates water from an unhealthy runoff??

If the answer to any of these is yes, you may want to rethink eating it.