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A manifesto for the valorization of wild edible plants

Volume 191, 15 September 2016, Pages 180–187

  • a ENEA BIOAG-PROBIO, Rome, Italy
  • b Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova, Italy
  • c Institute Cell Biology and Neurobiology, National Research Council, Monterotondo, RM, Italy
  • d Global Diversity Foundation, UK
  • e Szent István University Budapest, Hungary
  • f University of Cagliari, Italy
  • g University of Pisa, Italy
  • h ISARA-Lyon, France
  • i IEZ Ltd., Beek, The Netherlands
  • j SDLO, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • k IMDEA-Food, CEI UAM+CSIC, Madrid, Spain
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Ethnopharmacological relevance

Wild foods constitute an essential component of people's diets around the world, but despite their widespread use and their cultural importance, wild edible plants (WEPs) lack recognition as significant contributors to the human diet in developed countries.

Materials and methods

We stimulate national and international bodies dealing with food and agriculture, to increase their attention and investments on WEPs, leveraging the results of scientific investigation, enhancing the link between in situ conservation strategies and sustainable use of plant genetic diversity.

Results and conclusions

WEPs should be reconsidered throughout their value chain, capturing their important socio-cultural, health, and economic benefits to indigenous and local communities and family farmers who are engaged in their production and wild-harvesting.

Graphical abstract



  • CVD, cardiovascular disease;
  • CWRs, crop wild relatives;
  • EU, European Union;
  • FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization;
  • WEPs, wild edible plants


  • Wild edible plants;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Mediterranean diet;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Traditional food;
  • Ethnobotany;
  • Ethnomedicine
Corresponding author at: Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova, Italy.
These two authors contributed equally to the manuscript.
Eatwild Consortium Sabine Glasl-Tazreiter, University of Wien, Austria; Slavica Dudas,Rjeci, Croatia; Marja Gregori, BCN, Naklo, Slovenia; Rudolf Bauer, University of Graz, Austria; Marwan Sabban, AUB, Beirut, Lebanon; Mauricio Izquierdo, University UNIMINUTO, Bogotà, Colombia; Daniela Di Baccio, Institute of Agro-environmental and Forest Biology (IBAF) CNR, Rome, Italy.