Category Archives: Medicinal

Opuntia basilaris | Beavertail pricklypear | Edible and Medicinal Uses

View photos of the edible and medicinal plant Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail pricklypear), profiled in the Wild Edible Series: California and Nevada (as Opuntia spp.).

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

The young pads can also be eaten raw in limited quantities; if cooked, then in larger amounts. They have the taste of a slimy bell pepper.

Juglans californica | California walnut | Edible and Medicinal Uses

View photos of the edible and medicinal plant, Juglans californica (California walnut), profiled in Wild Edible Plants of California.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

California walnut’s original distribution (especially NorCal walnut) is limited and considered rare. Through a century–plus of cultivation and plantings, both species are now relatively abundant, though it is thought that most current specimens contain some DNA from Black (Juglans nigra) or English walnut (J. regia).

Quercus kelloggii | California black oak | Edible and Medicinal Uses

View photos of the edible and medicinal plant, Quercus kelloggii (California black oak), profiled in the Wild Edible Series: California.

A passage from Wild Edible Plants of California:

Over 24 species of Oak are found in California. With the exception of alpine and desert elevations (and even here Scrub oak types are not far) Oak represents a common botanical feature.