Mast producing trees and shrubs are most often valued for their beauty and wildlife uses, but many types of hard and soft mast are also edible by humans. In fact, many are considered delicacies! Many types of fruits, nuts, and berries are also valued for their health benefits.
By planting trees and shrubs that produce edible mast, you can enjoy fresh, healthful food from your own backyard while cutting your grocery bill and reducing your carbon emissions. Fruit, nut, and berry producing trees and shrubs also improve local food security and can even be turned into a lucrative business!
The most popular types of native edible mast include:
- black walnuts
- pecans and hickory nuts
- wild plums and cherries
- blackberries and raspberries
- blueberries, huckleberries, and cranberries
- currants and gooseberries