Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries

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The Northeast offers a veritable feast for foragers. The woods, meadows, seashore, and even city neighborhoods are home to an abundance of delicious wild edible plants. A passionate wild foods expert, Leda Meredith emphasizes local varieties and traditions, showing you what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way.

Northeast Foraging is a hardworking guide packed with detailed information and clear ...

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Overview

The Northeast offers a veritable feast for foragers. The woods, meadows, seashore, and even city neighborhoods are home to an abundance of delicious wild edible plants. A passionate wild foods expert, Leda Meredith emphasizes local varieties and traditions, showing you what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way.

Northeast Foraging is a hardworking guide packed with detailed information and clear photography for the safe identification of more than 120 wild plants. It also features a seasonal guide for foraging year-round and collecting tips for sustainable harvesting. It is applicable to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Ontario, and Quebec.

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Wildness
“Although I have over 200 books on foraging in my collection, I would rate this as one of the very best.”
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“Although I have over 200 books on foraging in my collection, I would rate this as one of the very best.”
Library Journal
02/01/2014
Ethnobotanist Meredith (The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local) is your guide to nature's bounty in the Northeast, defined here as running from Quebec down through Maryland. She begins with an introduction to foraging, including benefits, ethics, and sustainable practices, and follows with a season-by-season guide to foraging subdivided by habitat (meadows, woodlands, etc.). The bulk of the book are the profiles (alphabetical by common name) of over 100 wild and naturalized edible plants, including fruits, nuts, berries, greens, flowers, and roots. Each entry includes information on how to identify, gather, eat, and preserve the plant, plus at least one lovely full-color photo, tips for harvesting sustainably, and warnings about any toxic parts or look-alike plants. While Meredith's detailed descriptions will aid identification, the book would have been more helpful if it included photographs emphasizing distinguishing characteristics. The attractive images included do not show enough detail to facilitate positive identification. (This is a problem found in most foraging books.) Meredith mentions medicinal as well as culinary uses where applicable but with little detail. Readers interested in the medicinal properties of plants should consult a guide specific to that topic. VERDICT This manual is recommended, in spite of the above lack, for anyone in the Northeast who is interested in expanding their culinary horizons through foraging.—Janet Crum, Northern Arizona Univ. Lib., Flagstaff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604694178
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 172,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leda Meredith is a lifelong forager and a certified ethnobotanist. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, specializing in edible and medicinal plants. The author of two previous books, Leda writes a foraging column for the James Beard Award-nominated group blog NonaBrooklyn. She is the Guide to Food Preservation for About.com, a New York Times Company. Leda leads wild edible plant tours throughout the Northeast for organizations including Slow Food, Green Edge, SideTour, and others. You can find out more about her upcoming tours and workshops at ledameredith.com.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

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    Having been a keen gardener and nature lover all my life, the idea of harvesting my own food has always interested me. While I already knew a lot on the subject, certified ethnobotanist Leda Meredith's book took me much deeper into the world of foraging and shed light on many of the questions I had.

    The sections on how to identify edible wild plants were concise and the photography used was clear and simple, something which helps take the guess work out of identifying plants. In addition to telling you how to identify plants, Meredith tells you which parts of plants are edible, where they can be found, when to harvest them, and how to preserve and eat them.

    I especially liked the fact that Meredith covered how to gather in a responsible way and highlighted the importance of not destroying any habitats while foraging. She had tips on the matter sprinkled throughout the book and even had a section on "Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before you Harvest Wild Food."

    I found that the one downside to the book was that some of the terms used to describe the plants can be quite complex, something that was fine for me but which someone new to the subject may dislike.

    The structure and layout of the book made it wonderfully easy to read. At the beginning of the book, Meredith had listed all the wild plants and grouped them into seasons rather than by alphabetical order. This made it much easier to focus my attention and read about what was relevant now and meant I was able to read the rest of it at my leisure.

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