Browse Species & Recipes

Entries follow the format “Common name (Scientific name) – Recipes”

Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) –

American bullfrog(Lithobates catesbeianus or Rana catesbeianus) – Frog leg piccata

Asian Carp (Hypopthalmichthys nobilis and H. molitrix) – Fried Asian carp; Jamaican jerk carp

Autumn olive(Elaeagnus umbellata) – Autumn olive jam

Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) –

Chinese Mysterysnail(Cipangopaludina chinensis)Mysterysnail Fettuccine; Mysterysnail Ceviche

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – Dandelion green salad

Field Mustard (Brassica rapa) –

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) – Goldenrod Bruschetta; Strawberry-Goldenrod Pesto; Goldenrod Cornbread

Earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) – Cooking with Earthworms; Deep-Fried Earthworm

English Holly (Ilex aquifolium) –

European Rabbit(Oryctolagus cuniculus)Oven-roasted Rabbit; Simple Rabbit Stew; Rabbit Stew with Mushrooms

Feral Pig(Sus scrofa) – Hainds’ Roast; Pulled feral pork sandwiches 

Garlic Mustard(Alliaria petiolata) – Testing the bits; Garlic mustard and artichoke dip; Ma-po Garlic Mustard and Tofu; Garlic Mustard Ice Cream; Garlic Mustard Salad; Garlic Mustard Frittata; Garlic Mustard Pepper Relleno

Himalayan Blackberries (Rubus armeniacus) – Blackberry smoothie; Blackberry custard pie

Japanese Honeysuckle(Lonicera japonica) – Honeysuckle simple syrup; Lime honeysuckler; Lazy Loni; Hummingbird Fizz

Kudzu(Pueraria Montana) –

Lesser Burdock(Arctium minus) – Burdock Chips

Lionfish(Pterois volitans/miles) –

Louisiana Crayfish(Procambarus clarkii) – Cajun and Swedish Style Crayfish Boils; Crayfish-Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Northern Snakehead(Channa argus) –

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) –

Oneseed hawthorn(Crataegus monogyna) –

Phragmites(Phragmites australis) – Phragmites “Cossack asparagus”

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) – Spicy Purslane Stir-fry; Cool Cucumber Purslane Salad; Purslane Relish

Queen Anne’s Lace(Daucus carota) –

Rusty Crayfish(Orconectes rusticus) – Cajun and Swedish Style Crayfish Boils; Crayfish-Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Signal Crayfish(Pacifasticus leniusculus) – Lake Tahoe Crayfish Boil

Salmon(Oncorhynchus spp) – Spicy Salmon Tacos

Tilapia(Oreochromis spp) – Beer-battered Tilapia; Almond Tilapia; Pan Fried Tilapia

Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) –

White Mulberry(Morus alba) – White Mulberry Harvest 

Wild Turkey(Meleagris gallopavo) – Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

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  1. Mtntrtl

    Any plans for stinkbugs? They are in full seaon at my field site.

    1. Andy

      Do you mean BMSB? Actually, yes, but we don’t have any around here, yet. Where is your field site?

  2. shani

    Not sure how you developed this list, but salmon are not invasive here in northerne california, rather they are endangered of extinction. as such, this list worries me with its inclusion of salmon. people should be reducing their intake, not increasing it! What region in thecworld is this list for?

    1. Andy

      Yes, that’s true, but there are many regions of the world where farmed Atlantic Salmon have escaped into the Pacific Ocean and are harming native Pacific salmon populations. Every “invasive” species is native somewhere in the world, and we always encourage people to know where their food is coming from.

  3. Kyle Brown

    Not sure if you folks are familiar with this, but here in the South, one of our delicacies is Kudzu Jelly (http://www.food.com/recipe/kudzu-blossom-jelly-94579). You can pick it up at the little gas stations and shops all through Georgia and rural North and South Carolina. Best way to combat kudzu is to eat it!

  4. Ben

    I would definitely include kudzu for us Southerners. The leaves can be eaten like spinach, the young tender shoots can be used like asparagus, the roots can be eaten like parsnips or potatoes, and the flowers are great added to lemonade or tea. Extremely versatile plant, and here in Louisiana, extremely invasive and widespread.

  5. Matthew

    Thanks for the suggestions- keep them coming! We always try our recipes before posting them, and we haven’t taken a kudzu road trip yet, so that’s why it hasn’t made our list so far. We’re looking forward to trying it soon!

  6. Mike Licht

    Don’t forget those nice juicy Canada geese and whitetail deer. Yum.

  7. leif bryant

    poke weed (Phytolacca Americana L.) is a recent invader to my area that has been expanding rapidly. it has become a major problem in the watershed. although it is Poisonous when eaten raw, apparently it was a common dish on the east coast during the depression. there was even a song writen about it called “poke salad anne”.The poke weed population in the Napa Valley has doubled every year for the last 3 years.

  8. Melany Vorass

    Eastern grey squirrel!! Recipes abound. A few on my web site. They are native to East Coast, but very invasive elsewhere.

  9. Melany Vorass

    Anyone trying Johnsongrass? It’s EVERYwhere, and the grains can be cooked like any other grain. It’s a sorghum.

  10. Hugh Jass

    Eastern Grey Squirrel, Canada Geese, urban pigeons, urban raccoons, common garden snail (at least the ones that are common in California that I think were imported from Europe).

  11. Beth Goodnight

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, English Ivy (Hedra helix) is a curse. Eating it would be great. Is it edible?

    1. Andy

      I used to live in Western Washington, and I feel your pain! English Ivy can be a beautiful nuisance. While it looks great climbing that chimney, it will rip bricks from the walls and make great homes for rodents and wasps.
      I’ve never heard of people eating English Ivy, but my faint recollection of it being used as an medicinal herb extract seems to be confirmed by WebMD As always, make sure your species identification is correct, and that you trust the area where it grows (e.g. it’s not a former waste dump). Be careful, but if you give it a try we’d love to hear about it!

  12. Marsha Johnston

    Hi Invasivore!
    Love the site, but have an big question. An article in Modern Farmer says your site “overflows” with information about the potential toxicity of certain invasives, such as unsafe levels of mercury in python meat, but I find none at all on the site. Did I miss it?

    1. Matthew

      Hi Marsha! You bring up an excellent point about safety that we do try to address in our posts. We haven’t specifically written a profile or recipes for python, but we have tried to include links to others talking about the dangers of eating that particular species:

      http://invasivore.org/2013/02/out-to-eat-february-2-2013/

      In cases where dangerous lookalikes may be present, we try to include a warning. See for example our post on Queen Anne’s Lace:

      http://invasivore.org/2011/08/species-profile-queen-annes-lace-daucus-carota-l/

      More generally, we do try to caution potential invasivores to be 100% sure of the identity of what they are eating as well as the history of where they are collecting.

    2. Andy

      While I wouldn’t characterize it myself as “overflowing” with toxicity information, we do try to point out where toxicity might be an issue, for example the pythons, or phragmites if you’re not careful.

  13. Emily

    Check out this recipe for Japanese Knotweed. http://northernwoodlands.com/editors_blog/article/life-hands-you-knotweed-make-knotweed-crisp#prettyPhoto

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