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Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods Paperback – Apr 7 2009
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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
Beautiful color photographs...temptingly arranged.”The Library Letter
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I did a *lot* of research before buying this book, and the main thing I appreciated was the fact that the book has full-color pictures. My only caveat would be that the description said "north eastern" North America, yet only a small percentage of Atlantic Canadian plants are featured. Still a 5-star book in my honest opinion.
I borrowed it from my local library, first, before buying, To be sure it was what I wanted. And sure enough, it's worth getting. I'm pleased I've got a copy of my own.
The 'edible-use' symbols are especially helpful, they are simple to understand and nicely located on the page edges. The hundreds of photos are great (except the 4 or 5 that are in black and white??), of course you need good pictures when you are identifying wild edibles.
Lastly though, read the book thoroughly, front to back. At least 4 of the pretty plants shown on the cover(s)are poison (and listed as such at the back section of the book). The photos are beautiful, but I was surprised to find that they made the front and back cover of a book with the name "Edible Wild Plants".
Happy foraging, use caution of course.
The plants are organized by season, and every plant has a small map to show what regions it grows in. There is a very nice, good sized picture of each plant, and most of them are in color. Information is also provided about harvesting, how to prepare the plant, and poisonous look alikes, if any.
The plants are listed by their common names, but the latin names are listed as well. Plants can be located by either name in the index.
If you are interested in edible wild plants, this book is a great value for a reasonable price.
Wild Plants is divided by seasons, and what is edible just in case you are surviving in nature's wonderland without fast food places just three miles down the road. On the other hand, what to eat when a flood in ... well, any place that strands your protagonists for weeks.
The color photographs show the shapes and colors of the leaves and berries, which makes describing a meal easier. A map of the U. S. is coded to show you where the plants are likely to grow. Additionally, there are many details about the plants, such as what part to eat and whether it can be a full meal or just a salad. One of the most important details included about the plants is a list of poisonous look-alikes. For example the Eastern camass, Camass Lily is edible during all seasons; the baked bulbs are very dark and sugary, but baking to perfection takes 1-3 days. However, the bulbs are palatable raw, or can be boiled in 25-30 minutes. The look-alike Death Camass has several differences, one being that the edible plant has blue flowers in the spring; so what does your hungry character eat while escaping?
A section about poisonous plants describes twenty that are toxic, and that grow beside the ones you can eat. Nature provides its own clue about the plants. By watching what and when the birds and wild life eat the odds decrease of choosing the wrong plant. There is a great picture of the Death Camass that grows in the west and north west states, as indicated by the map. "All twelve of the native Zigadenus species should be considered extremely poisonous.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I would like to find a guide that had an index that I can use to look up plants based on appearance or leaf shape.
Very handy, very detailed. All pictures should be colour. Replace the B & W ones.Published 10 months ago by Mark Harrison
Gaining knowledge of something so important as food in the wild is incredible. Great information. Great pictures and time of harvest is essential.Published 10 months ago by Paloma
The book has a few pages of black and white photos. Very strange for a field guide as you need good photos for plant indentifcation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C Dub