Northern Bushcraft

Wild Edible Plants of Alberta

This guide covers a number of edible plants in Alberta, Canada including the Edmonton and Calgary areas and the Jasper, Banff, Waterton Lakes, Elk Island and Waterton Buffalo 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. indian pipe (aka ghost plant)
  4. lamb's quarter (aka pigweed)
  5. pickleweed (aka glasswort, sea asparagus)
  6. prairie turnip (aka breadroot)
  7. salsify (aka goatsbeard, oyster plant)
  8. sea milkwort (aka sea milkweed)
  9. silverweed (aka cinquefoil)
  10. speedwell (aka brooklime, gypsyweed)
  11. swamp hedge-nettle (aka marsh woundwort)
  12. sweet gale (aka bog myrtl)
  13. wild bergamot (aka horsemint)
  14. yellow glacier-lily (aka snow-lily)

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