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Which states have the most wild edible plants and which states are lacking as far as variety goes? Does anyone have any links to sites which provide information on the different edible plants found across North America?
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I would suggest getting a book about edible plants and take a nature walk. Also knowing where the edible plants are at your Bol is valuable sorry I didn't take a grab at your real question didn't wanna spark some silly argument but since I'm from Texas I would say Texas as most and Maine as the least but I don't know just a random stab at your question
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Interesting question... it depend upon the definition. As you go north there are less edible plants but also less toxic ones. In the artice circle nearly everything that grows is edible, though not too palatable. As you go towards the equator you not only have more species but also more toxic ones. That's one point.

If you study past and current hunter gatherers they get about 64% of their energy from things that move and 36% from plants. So if the issue is survival rather than just plant edibility then availablity of game is also a factor.

Warm climates offer foraging year round including starchy staples, the most important wild edible plants from a survival point of view. One can also garden year round in warm climates, and find animals as well. I would recommend the gulf states and Hawaii. Personally if I have to move from where I am at -- central Florida -- I would go to southwest Florida. Warm year round, gardening year round, foraging year round, hunting year round, water year round.

Besides food and water survival includes how much energy is spent keeping alive from the elements. I prefer to accommodate a hot summer than a cold winter.
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Florida has a whole book on edible plants? Don't know where that puts us?
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I vote California....for our super-diverse ecosystems...we have everything, seaside, desert, Mountians, wetlands....but we also have tons of people and crazy laws about said vegetation.

Best learn about the plants in your region first!
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the ozarks has plent of sassafras.
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I live in Texas and we have a pretty diverse selection of wild edibles. This is my go to site for info on wild edibles.

www.foragingtexas.com
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I live in Oklahoma and gone many 3-4 day "sabbaticals" with no food just my pocket tool and cordage, sometimes a tarp. I have never gone a full day without food.
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Natives of the Kalahari Desert, a harsh environment where agriculture is impossible, use more than eighty species of wild plants. With the exception of deep forest or sand dunes there doesn't seem to be anyplace without sufficient wild plants to sustain life.
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We have sassafras in Ga. tried to make sassafras tea when I was a kid. Didn't do that but once. Either I didn't get it right or it's not good??
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Hawaii!

Definitely Hawaii.
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If people lived there before agriculture, it has what you need. You just need to learn it.
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Alaska is loaded with edible and medicinal plants, berries, mushrooms, etc. While the growing season is short, they are abundant when in season. If you know what you are doing, you can preserve enough to last you the year.

Lots of books and publications on the subject. The plants vary by region.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...utheast_Alaska

https://www.amazon.com/Alaskas-Wild-Plants-Edible-Harvest/dp/0882409387
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Zone 6b Kentucky, 30 miles from the confluence of the Ohio & Mississippi rivers.
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+1 for Hawaii. My last visit, we snacked on dozens of wild edibles. We stayed in the woods and counted 11 different wild fruits within 500 feet.

Northern California is pretty good as well. I snack constantly when I hike. I even end up snacking on wild "volunteer" plants in our backyard. This week I discovered a tasty wild radish there. The flower buds and young leaves are delicious. Wild blackberries are also ripe this week.

Recently got together with a naturalist at a nearby state park who took us on a hike. He showed us over 20 edibles. We took many back and made lunch.
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the ozarks has plent of sassafras.
I've catalogued (not necessarly seen) over 140 edible species of plants in Arkansas. The USDA plant database is a good resource and you can filter by state. It won't tell you which plants are edible, only if they are found in your state and the distribution by county.

The Foraging Texas website is also an excellent resource. The webmaster is an experienced forager and has catalogued over 100 edible species that grow in Texas. He includes numerous pictures for identification as well as details on which parts are edible and how to cook them. Over half the plants listed on his website are found in Arkansas and I would assume many are found in other neighboring states.
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Narrowing it down to a state might not be the best way to look at things. Just because something grows in the same state doesn't mean it grows anywhere near where you are. California has both desert and Alpine tundra...not gonna find much in common between those two biomes.

Off hand, I'd guess that parts of North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri probably have the conditions most favorable to the widest variety of native and introduced species. It gets just cool enough for many northern species, but rarely so cold that it kills off less cold tolerant species, and a short distance traveled can give one just enough change in altitude to make things even more favorable.

That said, there aren't many places I can go here in Michigan that I don't see at least a few things around me that I know I can eat.
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Anywhere in the Tropical south (south/southeast)
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Any region that experiences drought must be stricken from consideration.

A region could have 100 different native plants that can all be eaten but if it is so dry that it takes 1,000 acres to sustain those 100 plants. You are not going to honestly say that you can range over that entire area to harvest those 100 plants.

Places that are not drought-prone have water readily available and tend to have lush dense forests. What might require a 1,000 acres somewhere else could be done in one acre here.
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