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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program
Wild edibles: What can I collect?

  • Edible fruits, edible nuts, wild mushrooms, wild asparagus and watercress may be removed by hand without a permit for the purpose of personal consumption by the collector.
  • “Edible fruits” means fleshy fruits from plants including apples, plums, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, juneberries and strawberries that are harvested for human consumption.
  • “Edible nuts” means walnuts, hickory nuts, acorns and other similar nuts from trees and shrubs.
  • The collection of seeds, roots, or other plant parts is prohibited.

For more guidance, see Chapter 45 (04) of Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]