Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky

Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky

by Dan Dourson, Judy Dourson


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Eastern Kentucky is home to a number of breathtaking natural attractions. Over half a million visitors each year are drawn to its scenic beauty, abundant hiking trails, and exceptional rock climbing. The region also holds some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, from forest and mountain terrain to caves and ravines. This dramatic mixture of microclimates creates a natural abundance, including numerous edible plants, not found elsewhere in the region. Many are unfamiliar with these fascinating florae species, but Wild Yet Tasty by Dan Dourson and Judy Dourson provides a wealth of information about these comestible, natural treasures.

This compact guide provides a useful introduction to the most commonly found and easily identified species, ranging from well-known edibles like morels, blackberries, and persimmons to ones that are not as commonly eaten, such as toothwort, common greenbrier, and redbud. Included are detailed line drawings and descriptions to help with identification, habitat information, specifics on what parts are eatable, and suggestions for the best time to harvest. A glossary of terms and tips for preparing wild food make this guide an invaluable resource for hikers, climbers, and campers visiting the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949669039
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 02/22/2019
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 1,182,781
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Dan Dourson is a wildlife biologist who worked with the US Forest Service specializing in nongame management in Red River Gorge. He is the author of ten books, including Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin ; Land Snails of Belize, Central America; and Land Snails of West Virginia.Judy Dourson is an educator, researcher, field technician, and editor. She has served as Dan's field assistant, primary researcher, and editor and has coauthored several books with him, including Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pictorial Description of Terms 5

Wild Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky 8

Common Greenbrier 9

Redbud 10

Toothwort 11

Dandelion 12

Partridgeberry 13

Serviceberry 14

Blackberry 15

Blueberry & Huckleberry 16

Wild Strawberry 17

Wintergreen 18

Sumac 19

Persimmon 21

Pawpaw 22

American Beech 23

American Chestnut 24

Shagbark Hickory 25

White Oak 26

American Hazelnut 27

Common Cattail 28

Indian Cucumber Root 29

Pine 30

Common Morel 31

Preparing Wild Foods 33

Glossary of Terms 34

References 35

About the Authors 36

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