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Foraging and Edible Plants Bibliography

Note: book cover sizes in the list below are shown relative to each other. The list is organized by primary author. Some out-of-copyright books are available free at the supplied links.

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

Author(s): Thayer, Samuel

Publisher: Forester’s Harvest Press, 2006

ISBN: 978-0976626602

View at: Barnes and Noble, or Amazon

Comments: In a crowded playing field—foraging books are surprisingly popular—this is a particularly good one. Many field guides describe the species, without enough context for useful foraging, such as precisely when to harvest and how to prepare. The Forager’s Harvest is written more like a book than a guide, with readable descriptions of the species, where and when to harvest them, and their safe preparation. This is a book that will inspire enough confidence to collect and sample nature’s variety. 360 pages.

Range not listed; probably the United States

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat

Author(s): Zachos, Ellen

Publisher: Storey Publishing, 2013

View at: Barnes & Noble, or Amazon

Comments: Most of the plants described in this book are so common that, should you glance out your window for a moment, several may be in your field of view. In our own yard, for example, common purslane is duking it out with the vegetables we actually planted. Japanese knotweeed and kousa dogwood are across the street, and oak and sumac are in the back. Photos and descriptions provide the confidence you need to identify these plants safely. Ellen Zachos includes information on safe use and when to harvest, and of course on how to enjoy the plants.