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.
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
Potatoes (cool weather crop)
Longevity Spinach (warm weather crop)
Okinawa Spinach (warm weather crop)
Medium Edible Plants
Kept around 10 feet tall.
Gandules (5-year life span)
False Roselle aka Cranberry Hibiscus (moist soil)
Inga (Ice Cream Bean)
Everbearing Mulberry (shade!)
Tapioca and Variegated Tapioca
Florida Prince Peach
Scarlett Beauty Plum
Dorsett Apple (15 feet tall)
Miracle Fruit (shade)
Barbados Cherry Tree
Chaya aka Tree Spinach
Large Edible Trees
plant far from your home and give plenty of space to grow.
Bananas (ice cream banana)
Strawberry Fruit Tree (will die in a hard frost)
Anna Apple (30 feet tall)
Bay Leaf tree
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.