Foodies of Philly  FIELD GUIDE!


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General links: - not all edible                   



AMERICAN HOG PEANUT  Amphicarpaea bracteata

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AMERICAN GROUNDNUT / HOPNISS edible shoots, flowers, the seeds that grow in pods like peas, and the very important tubers high in protein, but must be properly prepared.

Apios americana 






Use caution re: seeds, questions on edibility.
 Pulp is sweet and makes a great drink.


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HONEY LOCUST beans & pods only edible when young and green, dark dry beans used as coffee substitute, pulp is sweet and makes a great drink - (scroll down)


KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE dry seeds must be roasted.  Pulp is sweet and makes a great drink. Use with caution.

Kentucky Coffeetree green seed pod  The seed may be roasted and used as a substitute for coffee beans; however, unroasted pods and seeds are toxic. (great photos, questionable analysis of edibility)


HYACINTH BEAN edible leafs, flower, pods, sprouts, beans, roots  METHOD OF PREPARATION: Numerous. Young leaves edible fresh or dried, young pods with immature seeds, edible cooked. Flowers and sprouts edible raw or cooked. Older non-dry beans cooked. Dry beans soaked and cooked in two changes of water. Older beans, leaves and pods strong in flavor and texture. Young and tender is better and safer. Roots cooked.


GINKGO BEAN / NUT ginkgo biloba
edible seed (in small quantities) & oil