Wild Seasons: Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains

Wild Seasons: Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains

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Overview

For nature lovers as well as cooks, there's plenty to whet the appetite in this unique field guide-cum-cookbook. Starting with the first plants ready for eating in the early spring (watercress and nettles) and following the sequence of harvest through the late fall (persimmons and Jerusalem artichokes), Kay Young offers full, easy-to-follow directions for identifying, gathering, and preparing some four dozen edible wild plants of the Great Plains. And since most of the plants occur elsewhere as well, residents of other regions will find much of interest here.

"This is not a survival book," writes the author; "only those plants whose flavor and availability warrant the time and effort to collect or grow them are included." The nearly 250 recipes range from old-time favorites (poke sallet; catnip tea; horehound lozenges; hickory nut cake; a cupboardful of jams, jellies, and pies) to enticing new creations (wild violet salad, milkweed sandwiches, cattail pollen pancakes, day-lily hors d'oeuvres, prickly-pear cactus relish).

Reflecting the author's conviction that just as we can never go back to subsisting wholly on wild things, neither should we exclude them from our lives, this book serves up generous portions of botanical information and ecological wisdom along with good food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803299047
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 1,109,732
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Trained in botany and folklore, Kay Young is a naturalist for the Chet Ager Nature Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mark E. Marcuson, who also lives in Lincoln, formerly worked as an illustrator for the Nebraska State Museum and is now a freelance artist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Glossary of Botanical Termsxvii
Glossary of Cooking Termsxxiii
Watercress1
Stinging Nettles6
Wood Nettles13
Dandelions16
Dock23
Wild Violets30
Asparagus36
Catnip41
Pokeweed44
Lambs-quarters49
Milkweed Shoots53
Yellow Wood Sorrel58
Pineapple-weed60
Wild Roses63
Wild Strawberries68
Missouri Gooseberries75
Prickly-pear Cactus Pads81
Cattails86
Mint95
Day-lilies100
Elderberry Flowers104
Horehound109
Milkweed Buds and Flowers113
Wild Onions117
Mulberries121
Purslane133
Buffalo Currants137
Sandcherries142
Juneberries150
Milkweed Pods157
Raspberries161
Blackberries168
Chokecherries and Wild Blackcherries175
May-apple186
Leadplant190
Wild Plums194
Wild Grapes201
Rose Hips207
Prickly-pear Cactus Fruits211
Smooth Sumac215
Highbush Cranberries219
Elderberry Fruit223
Groundcherries229
Hazelnuts237
Hickory Nuts242
Black Walnuts248
Pecans258
Pawpaws269
Buffaloberries273
Wild Persimmons277
Jerusalem Artichokes282
Appendix ACanning, Freezing, and Drying289
Appendix BBasic Recipes299
Additional Sources of Information303
List of Contributors305
Index of Plants307
Index of Recipes by Plant310
Index of Recipes by Food Category315

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