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.
|Publisher:||Foragers Harvest Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Samuel Thayer is an internationally recognized authority on edible wild plants who has authored two award-winning books on the topic, Nature’s Garden and The Forager’s Harvest. He has taught foraging and field identification for more than two decades. Besides lecturing and writing, Samuel is an advocate for sustainable food systems who owns a diverse organic orchard and harvests wild rice, acorns, hickory nuts, maple syrup, and other wild products. He lives in rural northern Wisconsin with his wife and three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not a forager, merely a person who has come to an interest in foraging, permaculture and edible forest gardening as an attempt to examine the feasibility of ancient Cynic and modern anarchist philosophy, but assuming the general accuracy of the information in the book (which has been praised as more accurate than it's predecessors or it's contemporaries; the book actually demolishes a few long-believed falsehoods, like the supposed in-edibility of early Ostrich Fern shoots, to name one off the top of my head), this is quite a complete and practical book. Thayer has a lifetime of experience in foraging, and in this, what I believe is his first, book, he explains the best prey and the best way to harvest it. Each plant he covers is it's own chapter, and they are written well enough for someone with no interest in the subject at all to read it comfortably. All the necessary cautions are there in the opening, and each plant (at least 58, having done a quick finger-count) Thayer covers comprehensively, speaking of each as one would speak of an old friend. The whole book, right down to it's size and weight, is built for being taken along on a trip into the woods or field to reap where you have not sown. It has info for beginning foragers and experienced foragers alike. As a very interested general reader, I highly recommend it.
One of the Best wild food books out there. Nature's Garden (Sam's other wild food book) is just as good if not better. There is also a good DVD that talks about all the plants found in Forager's Harvest.