5 Types of Edible Water Plants

There are loads of different water plants that grow near you and that you can farm and eat yourself. These 5 are all high in nutrition and therefore very healthy. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most commonly known water plants. We are sure that you have the first two in a pond near you!



Has already been used by humans, especially in Asia. This would make the transition easier for new users to try. It also grows quickly and only needs 50 liters of water to grow to its full size.

This plant can double it’s size in less than two days!

The plant also hosts a high nutritional profile. Duckweed has about 35 to 43 percent of crude protein – around the same concentration as a dried soybean meal, 5 percent of polyunsaturated fats, 5 to 15 percent of fibre and tract amounts of carotene, xanthophyll, vitamin A and a host of other nutrients.
Since Duckweed is already in our current natural environment, it’s proven that it can flourish in the Netherlands and most of European countries.



Watercress is another interesting option since it’s a native plant to Europe and Asia. The plant belong to the superfood powerhouse group where it’s considered as number one for its nutritional punch. Watercress is rich in calcium, beta carotene and iron. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins C, B1, B2 and E.

Furthermore, Watercress is linked to breast cancer prevention by a number of studies such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition(AJCN).  

Also, a number of different Watercress farming methods are being formed and created according to Watercress Farms Inc. (WFI). Making this an option that has already been proven to succeed.


Water lilies

Of this plant all its roots, seeds, flower petals and young leaves can be eaten. Seeds and roots of the Asian species of Nelumbo are sometimes available in Asian food stores in the US.


Water spinach

This water can be found in the more tropical regions of the world and is a common plant to eat in southeast Asia. It can be cooked in different ways and used in already well known recipes as a replacement food. This again makes it easier to transition over to water plants for new users.


Duck potato

Duck potato grows mostly in shallow wetlands and can be eaten from the roots to the leaves. It was used to cook with by the Native indians for centuries. It is also one of the most nutritional having water plants out there.


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