Foraging New England: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants from Maine to Connecticut

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New England's diverse geography overflows with edible plant and animal species. Through the seasons, this forager's paradise offers a continually changing list of wild, harvestable treasures. From Beach Peas to Serviceberries, Lamb's-Quarters to Lady's Thumb, Hen of the Woods to Mugworts, Foraging New England guides you to the edible wild foods and healthful herbs of the Northeast. Organized by environmental zone, this valuable reference guide will help you identify and appreciate the wild bounty of New England. ...
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Overview

New England's diverse geography overflows with edible plant and animal species. Through the seasons, this forager's paradise offers a continually changing list of wild, harvestable treasures. From Beach Peas to Serviceberries, Lamb's-Quarters to Lady's Thumb, Hen of the Woods to Mugworts, Foraging New England guides you to the edible wild foods and healthful herbs of the Northeast. Organized by environmental zone, this valuable reference guide will help you identify and appreciate the wild bounty of New England. Use Foraging New England as a field guide or as a delightful armchair read. No matter what you're looking for, be it the curative Heal-All or tasty Purslane, this guide will enhance your next backpacking trip or easy stroll around the garden, and may just provide some new favorites for your dinner table.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762709540
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: A Falcon Guide Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

The versatile Tom Seymour is a professional natuarlist and writer best known for his award-winning newpaper columns and magazine articles abou the outdoor life. His videos and workshops have taught New Englanders about the joys of foraging for more than a decade. A native of Waldo, Maine and expert angler, Tom is also a master of the bagpipes. His previous Falcon books include Fishing Maine and Hiking Maine.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
New England, the Forager's Paradise xiii
Identifying Plants xiv
The Forager's Tools xv
Harvesting Techniques xv
Toxic Plants xvi
Poison Ivy, Biting Bugs, and Other Things to Watch For xvi
Weather xviii
Giardia xviii
Medicinal Plants xviii
Private Land xix
Environmental Cautions xix
Seasons xx
1 Plants of the Seashore 1
Goose Tongue, Plantago juncoides 2
Orache, Atriplex patula 5
Sea Blite, Suaeda maritima 7
Beach Peas, Lathyrus japonicus 9
Sea-Rocket, Cakile edentula 11
Glasswort, Salicornia spp. 13
Silverweed, Potentilla anserina 15
Northern Bay, Myrica pensylvanica 17
Wrinkled Rose, Rosa rugosa 19
2 Plants of Fertile Streamsides 21
Ostrich Fern, Pteretis pensylvanica 22
Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioica 26
Curled Dock, Rumex crispus (also other Rumex species) 29
Wild Oats, Uvularia sessilifolia 31
Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris 33
3 Plants of Disturbed and Cultivated Ground 35
Lamb's-Quarters, Chenopodium album 36
Quickweed, Galinsoga ciliata (also G. parviflora where available) 39
Field Peppergrass, Lepidium campestre 41
Green Amaranth, Amaranthus retroflexus 43
Purslane, Portulaca oleracea 45
Lady's Thumb, Polygonum persicaria 47
4 Woodland Plants of the Mottled Shade 49
Clintonia, Clintonia borealis 50
Indian Cucumber, Medeola virginica 52
Large-Leafed Aster, Aster macrophyllus 54
Bunchberry, Cornus canadensis 56
Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens 58
Purple Trillium, Trillium undulatum 60
Common Blue Violet, Viola papilionacea 62
Serviceberry, Amelanchier spp. 64
5 Mushrooms 67
Morel, Morchella esculenta 69
Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus sulphureus 71
Hen of the Woods, Grifolia frondosa 73
Puffball, Calvatia gigantea (and other Calvatia species); Gem-Studded Puffball, Lycoperdon perlatum 75
Oyster Mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus 78
6 Plants of Swamps, Bogs, and Slow-Moving Streams 81
Cattail, Typha latifolia 82
Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata 85
Wild Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon 87
7 Trees 91
White Pine, Pinus strobus 92
Eastern Hemlock, Tsuga canadensis 94
Red Spruce, Picea rubens 96
Willows (White Willow, Salix alba; Black Willow, Salix nigra; and other species of willow) 98
8 Medicinal Plants 101
Valerian, Valeriana officinalis 104
Sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis 106
Yarrow, Achillea millefolium 108
Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum 110
Heal-All, Prunella vulgaris 112
Common Saint-John's-Wort, Hypericum perforatum 114
Canada Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis 117
Goldthread, Coptis groenlandica 119
Spotted Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium maculatum 121
Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris 122
9 The Waste Places 125
Japanese Knotweed, Polygonum cuspidatum 126
Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis 129
Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca 132
Great Burdock, Arctium lappa 134
Orpine, Sedum purpureum 136
Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis 138
Pineapple Weed, Matricaria matricarioides 140
Common Plantain, Plantago major 142
Wild Raspberries and Blackberries, Rubus spp. 144
Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana 146
Highbush Cranberry, Viburnum trilobum 148
Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina 150
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale 152
Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea 155
New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae 157
10 Animals 159
Crayfish, Decapoda astacus 160
Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana 163
Freshwater Mussels 166
Common Blue Mussel, Mytilus edulis 168
Periwinkle, Littorina littorea 171
Atlantic Razor Clam, Ensis directus 173
Surf Clam, Spisula solidissima 175
Glossary 179
Index 181
About the Author 186
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