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Cyperus esculentus var. leptostachyus | Yellow nutsedge | Edible Uses

View photos of the edible plant Cyperus esculentus var. leptostachyus (Yellow nutsedge), profiled in the Wild Edible Series: California (Volume 1) and Texas.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

Yellow nutsedge (like nearly all Sedge family plants) has 3–ranked leaves and 3–angled stems. Use these characteristics to help distinguish it from look–alike grasses.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of Texas:

Yellow nutsedge produces small (size–variable) edible tubers (tuberiferous stolons). They are easy to gather
with a trowel due to the plant’s tubers not being far below the surface.

Rubus ursinus | California blackberry | Edible and Medicinal Uses

View photos of the edible and medicinal plant, Rubus ursinus (California blackberry), profiled in the Wild Edible Series: California.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

When ripe, Blackberry fruit (not an actual berry but a drupe) are dark purple to black, and usually smaller than store–bought. They are sweet, mildly tart, and delicious when gathered from a healthy and well–hydrated specimen.

Calochortus splendens | Splendid mariposa lily | Edible Uses

View photos of the edible plant, Calochortus splendens (Splendid mariposa lily), profiled in Wild Edible Plants of California (as Calochortus spp.).

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

From the flowers and stems to the root bulbs, the whole plant is edible. The flowers and stems/leaves are eaten without killing the plant. They are pleasant and have a mild nutty flavor.