Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants

by Steve Brill, Evelyn Dean


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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health. It includes information on common plants such as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and you have a tasty dish rich in iron), cattail (cooked stalks taste similar to corn and are rich in protein), and wild apricots (an infusion made with the leaves is good for stomach aches and digestive disorders).

More than 260 detailed line drawings help readers identify a wide range of plants -- many of which are suited for cooking by following the more than thirty recipes included in this book. There are literally hundreds of plants readily available underfoot waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. This book is both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688114251
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/20/1994
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 92,870
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Naturalist-Author "Wildman" Steve Brill has been leading public foraging tours in parks throughout the greater New York area since 1982. He works with schools, day camps, environmental organizations, museums, parks departments, nature centers, scouts, garden clubs, and educational farms, from March to December.

His Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places (HarperCollins Publishers, 1994) is considered a classic on the subject.His innovative Wild Vegan Cookbook (Harvard Common Press, 2002) is changing the way people think of preparing gourmet food. His Shoots and Greens of Early Spring in Northeastern North America (self-published, 1986 and 2008) teaches people how the foraging season begins, and his Foraging With the Wildman DVD series, along with the website he created, is showing people how it's all done. But he's still best known for having been handcuffed and arrested by undercover New York City park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park!

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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must buy if you want to learn about medicinal and edible plants! Great detail and information! I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have book. It covers almost everything in a format that is easy to understand. The authors have a mild vein of humor running throughout it which makes it fun to read.
m005kennedy More than 1 year ago
Great deal of information in this book, but on the Nook HD the illustrations are to small. They are very detailed, but without a zoom feature on the Nook this very necessary identication illustrations are just too small. I would suggest a magnify lens or loop so you can really use these illustrations.
misselainey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
indispensible book. this is not about expensive herbs from far away places- this is the stuff on your front lawn ,the nature that is all around us in such abundance that if only we could all see it! Walk with Steve through your own patch of the world,season by season, and nothing is ever 'just a weed ' again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago