Wiggins coach you on how to safely identify, gather, and prepare delicious dishes from readily available plants—and clearly indicate which ones to avoid. After recently attending a conference for work about how native communities are reconnecting with indigenous foods and hearing a presentation about using these foods to improve health, where this book was referenced, I was curious. A1T43 2006 Dewey Decimal 641. Photographic Atlas of Botany and Guide to Plant Identification by James Castern. Hardy plants like North American Natives spring beauty and Jack-in-the-Pulpit can stay in the ground all year-round, providing an appealing floral display in spring and hearty nourishment in fall. A handy reference for identifying desert wildflowers in bloom. How do I gather and prepare it? Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida, Third Edition by Richard Wunderlin and Bruce Hansen.
The author illustrates and explains over a hundred flowering plant families and includes a botanical glossary to help the beginner get started. Includes line drawings and a selection of color plates. It's also important to note that some plants are only edible at certain times of the year. Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians by Patricia Kyritsi Howell. His frequent thanks to God, the giver of all this bounty, is touching, too, especially coming from someone who lives much as our pre-agricultural ancestors did 10,000 years ago - he eats only what he hunts and gathers from the wild.
Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman and the New England Wildflower Society. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada by Henry Gleason and Arthur Cronquist. When foraging wild water plants, know the water source. He dismantles the idea of misidentification having any real truth behind it and the fear-mongering attitude so many try to continue to perpetuate. Avoid foraging rare and protected wild edible plants. Rather than cover hundreds of species in brief accounts that leave the reader unsure of how to proceed, Samuel Thayer encourages readers to thoroughly learn one plant at a time.
Another reason to follow wild edible plants through the seasons is to locate perennial plants that you want to harvest in early spring. A tad outdated at this point—especially the plant family designations—but still a good primer on the most common plants of the Gulf and coasts. Its wide-ranging historical context, a veritable documentary of poets and chroniclers of past and present, is a learned celebration of nature's bounty. There is no overlap in the plants covered in his 3 books. The text is fully accessible to the novice, but remains botanically accurate and has the in-depth information that seasoned foragers crave. Plants of Arizona by Anne Orth Epple. This puts the responsibility of preservation on us.
Samuel Thayer is one of the best authors on the subject of wild edible plants because his books are in depth and very thorough. Trees of the Southeastern United States by Wilbur Duncan and Marion Duncan. It's helpful to me that this man's homeland expertise is within a 100 mile radius of my own midwestern living space. Only collect the part of the plant that you plan to use. Thayer includes wild foods in his diet almost daily, and in one experiment, he ate nothing but wild foods for several months. A beautiful guide to Pacific seaweeds.
The following article is a sneak peek into our 375-hour The course begins with the basic ground rules of foraging safety and ethics, and then moves on to botany and plant identification. Thayer has been a real myth-buster, clarifying issues such as those regarding the edibility and preparation of common milkweed which is now one of my favorite wild edibles, thanks to his research. Learning from an expert or someone more experienced will give you a higher level of confidence. Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities by Walter Kingsley Taylor. An interesting guide for those who enjoy plant history; includes Native American uses, modern medicinal uses, cultivation, and identification characteristics.
Synopsis A guide to 32 of the best and most common edible wild plants in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them, where they are found, how and when they are harvested, which parts are used, how they are prepared, as well as their culinary use, ecology, conservation, and cultural history. The perfect guide for all experience levels. Flowering Plant Families of the World by V. In the beginning of this book he spends a lot of time talking about different ways to harvest these plants, what tools to use, and how to use them correctly. Samuel Thayer's book, The Forager's Harvest, is the kind of edible plants book that is desperately needed today. We only link books and other products that we think would be useful to our readers.
Features lots of photography and beautiful writing. Small enough to be carried by hand in the field. Rather than cover hundreds of plants in abbreviated accounts like the typical field guide, the author has chosen a smaller selection of species to discuss in exhaustive detail, including only those plants he has eaten fifty times or more. Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States by Alan Bessette, William Roody, Arleen Bessette, and Dail Dunaway. This is important for two reasons. Easy enough for beginners, detailed enough for experienced mushroom hunters. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California by Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz.