Some people are hesitant to consume wild plants, but there are many delicious flowers and berries that can be safely enjoyed. When consuming wild plants, be sure that you have the plant positively identified. If it is noted that a plant is only safe when cooked, be sure that you follow these instructions. These nine tasty options can help you add exciting variety to your dinner table.

This humble weed is one of the most versatile in the kitchen. The entire plant is edible, from the flowers to the roots. Young dandelion greens make a delicious base for a salad. They can also be served steamed or boiled. Dandelion root is rich in inulin, a healthy soluble fiber.

Wild Blueberry
Growing in cooler regions of the Northeast like Maine and Michigan, the wild blueberry is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world. These berries are ripe when they are a soft blue color. Rather than purchase some from a grocery store, you can have fun foraging for their wild counterparts.

It may seem odd to snack on a daisy, but both the leaves and flowers are edible. They make an attractive and tasty addition to a salad.

Asparagus grows wild in many parts of the United States. This green plant is delicious when roasted or steamed. It can make a gourmet side dish if served with hollandaise sauce.

Red Clover
This common lawn weed has a lovely nectar within its flowers. It is a pleasant surprise. The leaves and stems are also edible, but the flower itself is a treat.

Wild sunflower seeds are edible. They taste similar to the larger cultivated variety. You can eat them raw or roast them yourself.

Wild Grape Vine
Wild grapes can be eaten, but the leaves are an equally tasty treat. You can stuff or pickle grape leaves for a delicious dish or snack. They are better after there has been a frost.

Prickly Pear Cactus
In the Southwest, you can find this interesting treat.  They are sweet and can be eaten raw.Make sure to remove all of the spines before enjoying.

These beautiful purple flowers have a tangy flavor that complements salads and greens. They also add a perfect splash of color if used as an edible garnish.

All of these common plants can provide a nutritious, novel way to get your daily fruits and vegetables. Try one today and experience the fun of wild foraging for yourself.