About Wild & Edible East Texas Plants

About Wild & Edible East Texas PlantsThe climate of East Texas is hot, but it is actually a fairly green place and nothing at all like the sandy deserts of West Texas. That means there are plenty of wild edible plants in the region.

Mustang Grapes

These are found growing on the sandy soils of East Texas. The grapes are pungent and strongly acidic compared to European grapes, but they are edible.

Red Bud Tree

The flowers and seedpods of the Red Bud tree are edible when they are young, and are in season in April and May in East Texas. The flowers in particular are a rich source of antioxidants.

Texas Prickly Pear (pictured above)

These fruits ripen between July and September, and are frequently eaten raw, used in fruit juices and syrups and to make preserves.


The ever popular blackberries are familiar, easily identified, and found in briars that are commonplace across East Texas.

Horsemint and Dandelion


The flower petals of these plants can be plucked, dried, and used to make herbal tea.


Another flower with leaves that can be dried and used to make herbal tea are those of the wild Bergamot.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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