Foraging Wild Edible Plants of North America

Foraging Wild Edible Plants of North America

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Item #: 074567
ISBN: 9781493005185
Grades: 9-AD

Product Description:

From steamed asparagus to prickly pear ice cream, this unique resource is filled with appealing recipes using nature's own food source. Beginning with an introduction to wild plants and necessary hiking tools, the following pages are dedicated to plant identification, uses, and recipes. All recipes are easy to implement and other than the wild plants, use common ingredients. For example: Cat on the Cob is a delightful recipe of cattails, water and butter that is steam or boiled and eaten like corn on the cob! A wonderful resource to take camping, on nature hikes or use as a supplement to a life skills curriculum. Includes cautionary notes, nutritional information and an index. 211 pgs. ~ Deanne

Publisher Description:

A full-color field and feast guide with images to the most common edible wild plants, complete with recipes and folklore.

Category Description for Field Guides to Plants:

These revised and updated field guides, originally published in the '70s, feature gorgeous, full-color illustrations and lots of detailed information on the physical characteristics of each plant and its uses. Edible Wild Plants contains information on over 130 wild plants in the U.S. and Canada. Each two-page spread contains information on the left-hand side and a large, full-page illustration of the plant on the right-hand page. Information includes the family, other names for the plant, a description of its appearance, distribution, and edibility. Although the type is small, the descriptions are easy to read and don't rely on scientific terminology. The "edibility" section highlights some of the parts of the plant that are edible, and ways they can be or have been prepared. These often highlight the ways that Native Americans and pioneers utilized the plant, which is fascinating. Medicinal Wild Plants looks very similar to its sister title and covers about 120 North American plants. The pages are set up in the same way, with each entry containing the plant’s family, common names, characteristics, area/distribution, and uses. Like Edible Plants, the emphasis is on historical uses – no practical “recipes” are provided. Compared to Edible Wild Plants, above, these are more expensive, but offer some nicer features. The paper quality is better, the illustrations show the whole plant (while Edible Wild Plants relies on several “zoomed-in” photos) and the text seems more organized, with more historical information vs. the practical uses (and recipes) of Edible Wild Plants. 282 pgs and 258 pgs, respectively, pb. – Jess

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Because I live in North America.
Sean F on May 28, 2020
Because I live in North America.
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