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Foraging the Rocky Mountains: Finding, Identifying, And Preparing Edible Wild Foods In The Rockies

Foraging the Rocky Mountains: Finding, Identifying, And Preparing Edible Wild Foods In The Rockies

by Lizbeth Morgan

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The Rocky Mountain region's diverse geography overflows with edible plant species. From salsify to pearly everlasting, currants to pine nuts, Foraging the Rocky Mountains guides you to 85 edible wild foods and healthful herbs of the region. This valuable reference guide will help you identify and appreciate the wild bounty of the Rocky Mountain states. This guide also includes::detailed descriptions of edible plants and animalstips on finding, preparing, and using foraged foodsrecipes suitable for the trail and at homedetailed, full-color photosa glossary of botanical terms

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ISBN-13: 9781493037810
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Series: Foraging Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 414,796
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Liz Morgan, MA, JD, NTP, RWP lives In the mountains of Colorado where she spends her time skiing, foraging, hiking, stand up paddling, cooking and practicing yoga. Professionally, Liz is a Functional Nutritional Therapist with a private practice seeing clients. She specializes in combining the nutritional lessons of our ancestors with the wisdom of modern science to understand the needs of modern humans and help them regain their health and vitality.  Liz studied ancient food systems as an anthropology student at Colgate University. She studied food security and food policy as a graduate student at Vermont Law School. Liz has had a lifelong interest in wild foods and even wrote her first booklet on wild edible plants (of northeastern Ohio) in the third grade! Learn more about Liz’s work and connect with her at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

Introduction: How to Become a Competent, Curious, and Joyous Forager xv

Warnings and Safety xvii

Extra Warnings for Our Wise Elders, Our Life-Giving Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, Our Friends with Medical Conditions, and Those Taking Pharmaceutical Medications xviii

Oxalates Warning xviii

Supplies to Bring Foraging xx

Forager's Checklist xxi

How to Identify Plants xxii

Plant Names xxii

Leaf Identification xxiii

Fruit and Flower Identification xxvi

Life Cycle, Root, Stem, and Special Features Identification xxvi

Whereto Find Wild Edible Plants: Ranges, Habitats, and Legalities xxviii

Ranges and Habitat xxix

Zones Used in This Book xxix

Check Local Regulations xxx

Sustainable Harvesting Guidelines xxxi

How to Forage Sustainably xxxi

General Rules for Harvesting Sustainably xxxii

Start Foraging and Have Fun With It xxxiii

Poisonous Plants 1

Learn to identify these plants first so that you can avoid them.

Baneberry (Ranunculaeae / Buttercup Family) 2

Golden Banner (Fabaceae / Pea Family) 4

Larkspur (Ranunculaeae / Buttercup Family) 6

Monkshood (Ranunculaeae / Buttercup Family) 8

Poison Hemlock (Apiaceae / Carrot Family) 11

Water Hemlock (Apiaceae / Carrot Family) 14

Western Poison Ivy (Anacardiaceae / Sumac Family) 16

Edible and Useful Plants 18

Enjoy edible plants with caution as you learn. Always harvest mindfully and sustainably.

Agavaceae / Century Plant Family 20

Yucca, Narrowleaf 20

Amaranthaceae / Amaranth Family 23

Amaranth, Common 23

Amaranth, Creeping 26

Anacardiaceae / Sumac Family 29

Sumac, Smooth 29

Sumac, Three-Leaved / Skunkbush 32

Apiaceae / Umbelliferae/Carrot Family 35

Marked by usually white umbrella-like flower clusters. Do NOT mistake with similar poisonous relatives.

Caraway 35

Cow Parsnip 38

Osha 41

Queen Anne's Lace 45

Asclepiadaceae/Milkweed Family 48

Milkweed 48

Asparagaceae / Asparagus Family 52

Asparagus 52

Asteraceae/Aster or Daisy Family 55

Flowering plants often with showy flowers or composite florets.

Arnica, Heart-Leaved 55

Big Sagebrush 59

Burdock 63

Chamomile 66

Chicory 69

Cutleaf Coneflower 72

Dandelion 74

Fleabane 78

Goldenrod 81

Pearly Everlasting 84

Pineapple Weed 86

Rabbitbrush, Common 88

Sage, Fringed 91

Sage, White 93

Salsify 96

Sunflower, Common 100

Thistle, Bull / Spear Thistle 103

Thistle, Creeping 106

Thistle, Nodding 109

Yarrow 111

Berberidaceae / Barberry Family 114

Oregon Grape 114

Brassicaceae / Mustard Family 117

Bittercress, Heart-Leaved 117

Pennycress 120

Shepherd's Purse 122

Cactaceae / Cactus Family 124

Prickly Pear 124

Campanulaceae / Bellflower Family 127

Harebell 127

Caprifoliaceae / Honeysuckle Family 129

Elderberry 129

Chenopodiaceae/ Goosefoot Family 132

Marked by leaves shaped like the foot of a duck or goose.

Lamb's-Quartet 132

Strawberry Blite 135

Crassulaceae / Stonecrop Family 138

Roseroot 138

Stonecrop 140

Cupressaceae / Cypress Family 142

Juniper, Common 142

Juniper, Rocky Mountain 145

Elaeagnaceae / Oleaster Family 148

Canada Buffaloberry 148

Russian Olive 150

Ephedraceae / Mormon Tea Family 153

Mormon Tea 153

Equisetaceae / Horsetail Family 155

Horsetail 155

Scouring Rush 157

Ericaceae / Heath Family 159

Kinnikinnick 159

Fabaceae / Pea Family 162

Seeds look similar to pea pods, but beware; there are many poisonous species in this family.

Alfalfa 162

Clover, Red 165

Clover, Sweet 168

Clover, White 171

Licorice, Wild 174

Fagaceae / Beech Family 177

Gambel Oak 177

Grossulariaceae/Currant Family 180

Currant 180

Currant, Prickly 184

Lamiaceae / Mint Family 186

Giant Hyssop 186

Mint 189

Liliaceae / Lily Family 192

Nodding Onion 192

Linaceae / Flax Family 195

Western Blue Flax 195

Malvaceae / Mallow Family 197

Mallow 197

Onagraceae / Evening Primrose Family 200

Evening Primrose 200

Fireweed 203

Pinaceae / Pine Family 206

Blue Spruce 206

Douglas Fir 209

Pine, Pinon 212

Pine, Ponderosa 215

Plantaginaceae / Plantain Family 218

Common Plantain 218

Polygonaceae / Buckwheat Family 220

Bistort 220

Curly Dock 223

Sorrel, Alpine 227

Sorrel, Sheep 229

Portulacaceae / Purslane Family 232

Purslane 232

Rosaceae / Rose Family 235

Apple 235

Chokecherry 238

Plum, American 241

Raspberry 244

Rose, Wild 248

Serviceberry 252

Strawberry 256

Thimbleberry 259

Rubiaceae / Madder Family 262

Northern Bedstraw 262

Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Family 265

Great Mullein 265

Typhaceae / Cattail Family 268

Cattail 268

Urticaceae / Nettle Family 271

Stinging Nettle 271

Violaceae / Violet Family 275

Violet 275

Honeybees 278

Honeybees 278

Index 281

About the Author 286

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