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Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America. With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. EaAlready a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America. With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. Each entry includes images, plus facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes. The introduction contains tempting recipes and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.“Season-by-season guide to identification, harvest, and preparation of more than 200 common edible plants to be found in the wild....Hundreds of edible species are included....[This] handy paperback guide includes jelly, jam, and pie recipes, a seasonal key to plants, [and a] chart listing nutritional contents.”—Booklist. “[Five hundred] beautiful color photographs...temptingly arranged.”—The Library Letter...

Title : Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide
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ISBN : 9780806974880
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide Reviews

  • Celia
    2018-10-05 01:54

    Growing up I enjoyed a "mountain man" stage when I all but lived outdoors for months, almost obsessively studying My Side of the Mountain and this book.My siblings thought I was crazy, but they would often follow my lead anyway. As a result we had the greatest time and learned a lot. Some of our favorite adventures included "feeding the fish" in the creek (because our wooden hooks weren't sharp enough to catch them), cooking and eating dandelion jelly, building a treehouse, and making a picnic of the wild treats growing around us.Ditch the computer games and set your kids loose in the wild with this full color guide.

  • KA
    2018-09-20 21:49

    This book is awesome - tons of North American plants with their descriptions, recipes, photos, related species, poisonous look-alikes; and all the plants are arranged seasonally, which is a great help here in VT. I feel very confident using this book.

  • David Gregg
    2018-10-02 02:10

    Read this twice when I was in high school, along with another book just like it (which I also read twice). You might be bored by it, but I was enthralled!

  • Ross
    2018-09-24 19:48

    great writeups on each plant. The book organizes the plants by season in which they are found or best harvested. Enormously helpful. Pictures suck. Only one pic per plant and usually at the plant's full maturity, which is not necessarily the best time to harvest. Some of the pics are even in black and white (how does that help?!). This book is useful so long as you have at least one more book for cross reference.

  • Linda Munro
    2018-10-05 19:58

    I took this book from the library to use as a field guide when my grandchildren and I hiked through the local State forest. What I found was an amazing guide including actual color photos of plants that tell not only which plants that we often dismiss as weeds are edible, but also how the plants can add to our daily diet. I found it strange that plants such as the chokecherry, which are poisonous to pick and eat raw, can be transformed into teas nad jams that are safe and edible. This book was amazing, it gave my grandchildren a means to understand how the people of our area survived during the aftermath of the Volcanic eruption in Indonesia in 1815 which severly affected our climate, and the ability to grow food in 1816.My grandchildren have decided that we should try some of these 'exotic' foods, while foraging in the local state forest we were amazed to find nuts and berries that we would have normally by-passed; such as the American chestnut which can only be eaten after it is roasted or can be bopiled to produce cooking oil, and highbush blueberries which appear to grow on trees because of the height of the bushes. I am so glad that I took this book from the library -- I will be canning blueberry pir filling and making blueberry jam to fill our winter larder. We found wild wheat which we have dried and the grandchildren will be attempting to make into flour. Now that my grocery bill will be cut, who knows what I will be into next!

  • Katarina Ross
    2018-09-20 04:06

    This is a very serviceable book concerning foraging for wild, edible plants in the US and Canada. The aspects that drew me to this book were the multiple processing options for the edible plants. The text breaks down how to locate, identify, harvest and then eat the various species, including which ones are best made into jam, eaten raw or cooked before ingesting.The author also has a concern for sustainable harvesting of wild plants, an important aspect for the field considering the number of people who now inhabit North America. A critical aspect to enjoying nature's bounty is being able to tell which plants, or even what parts of the plant, are poisonous. Species like the Mayapple are edible but only the ripe fruit and nothing else. Care is taken to highlight how to handle such sensitive plants and which ones to avoid entirely. For someone who enjoys the great outdoors, a book like this can mean survival if they're ever lost in the wilderness or simply interested in expanding their culinary repetoire.

  • First Name
    2018-09-29 01:12

    This is an amazing book. When I first looked at the preview online it didn't look good to me. But when I borrowed this book I learned how amazing it is. It's got 200+ wild edible plants, icons on how to use them. It also has recipes for the different ways to prepare it and a very good description on each plant. At the end of the book, there's all the poisonous plants with descriptions. The only thing I didn't like was how a few (3-4) of the plant pictures are in black and white (it's probably because their very common). But I wouldn't let that deter you from this book.I haven't completely finished this book front to back but I have read over enough to make this review. I'm taking it with me next time I go on a hike or on a nature trail.I'm defiantly buying this book in the near future...

  • Graybird
    2018-10-09 23:10

    This is an invaluable guide to some of the more common plants that can be foraged in North America (mostly United States-centric, some Canada). The plants are divided by season, and each plate has colored pictures, along with indispensable information about how to identify, harvest, and prepare the plants. There is also a section on toxic plants, which everyone should be able to identify before going out and foraging. My only complaints are that I'd like to see more common plants listed (such as wild carrot), as well as more West Coast plants. I was on the West Coast for much of the spring, and this book didn't seem to provide identification of a good portion of the plants that I encountered out there.

  • Erfman
    2018-09-23 20:51

    This is a pretty solid book on the subject. It covers a wide swath of the edible wild plants found in America. The range maps are especially helpful. From them I know, for instance, that wild leeks are not generally found in eastern Iowa but are found across the Mississippi in Illinois. I also appreciate how the guide in broken up into seasons so you can concentrate on the right portion of the book depending on the time of the year.However, the depth of information is rather low and sometimes the photos are not precise or thorough enough to be sure of identification. To make up for these deficits I suggest picking up Steven Brill's book on the subject to fill in additional details. The drawings and text in that book compliment this book well.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-25 20:09

    One thing that makes this book more worthwhile than others I've read like it, is that it has maps that show where a specific type of plant can be found. That way you don't waste your time looking for things that don't grow in your area. Overall- a great resource and on my wishlist to purchase, instead of borrow from the library. ;-)

  • Natalie
    2018-09-28 03:09

    One of the better pocket guides, with full color photos of plants in different stages and parts, by season of harvest and with maps for locations across US. Some recipe/preparation information for each plant listed. Logo-keys in margin for safety, trail eating and a bunch of other labels.

  • Karen
    2018-09-16 23:47

    Pictures and layout of book was wonderful, but I think you would need a supplemental book to cover the many areas uncovered in this book. Like someone else said in review mainly centered in the west side of states and I am in Missouri.

  • Kym
    2018-09-20 00:02

    A really nice guide to edible plants one might find outside the boundaries of a garden. Wonderful photographs and descriptions make it easy to locate the plants. There are even a few recipes thrown in to enjoy your finds.

  • Brandy
    2018-09-15 03:02

    I love the way this guide is divided by season and location. I'm definitely going to buy this book and keep it with me when foraging.

  • Carlie
    2018-09-22 02:10

    A good intro to edible wild plants, but next time, I would get one specifically about Pacific Northwest edible plants.

  • Rich Neal
    2018-10-08 02:48

    west coast bias.. but still very informative

  • Judith
    2018-10-09 03:52

    I registered a book at!

  • Emily
    2018-10-02 01:42

    Very useful guide for garden weed identification. The promised recipes are more survivalist than gourmand, so caveat hipsters. Photographs are not always sufficient for positive ID.

  • Arabesque
    2018-10-02 00:59

    Good basic edible wild edible plants book with lots of pictures. Arranges the plants by season they are available which is useful. Good field guide.

  • Rose
    2018-10-07 04:06

    Informative, interesting book!