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Book Description

An authoritative guide book to more than 70 of Alaska's most common wild edible plants. 
Tuck this guide into a backpack, glove compartment, or pocket and use its color photographs and habitat and plant descriptions to help you discover the bounty of the land and its plants around you.
 
The authoritative gathering instructions ensure a healthful harvest. Learn about each plant's nutritional content, and medicinal and culinary uses. 
 
Also included are recipes for fresh salads, unusual appetizers, delicious soups, breads and more.
 
The author is an authority on the wild plants of North America and Alaska.

About the Author

Schofield is the owner and operator of Gardensong Herbs in Homer, AK.
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Product Details

  • Series: Alaska Pocket Guide
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882404334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882404332
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennine L. Wardle on September 1, 2008
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This field guide was very useful during our recent inspection of our Alaskan property. It's small size makes it easy to carry during hiking, and it contains the most common edible plants you might encounter throughout the state. The information is detailed enough to be confident about eating different parts of a wild plant... or not eating it because the guide has indicated a toxic look-alike and the parts of each plant that are and are not edible when prepared different ways depending on the harvest time. I look forward to using it more extensively when we finally move to Alaska permanently.

I own several edible plant references for North America and can say without a doubt that they were only marginally helpful for identifying some of the Alaskan varieties... seems the climate and remoteness really does change the appearance and edibility of many plants just enough to make the standard guides less than 100% useful up there!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruce CARPENTER on May 6, 2007
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Lots of good information in this book. I would have liked to get more ways of eating the plants. What seasons do they taste the best and what seasons should you avoid them. I also would like to know what plants one could dig up in the winter. Roots and bulbs/corms etc. Maybe some indian receipys or?

The book just left me wanting more info! But it is a good book to have and pick up when you can't remember if you can eat that shrub or not!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott W. McClain on March 3, 2010
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I live in South Central Alaska and recently purchased the Alaska Wild Plants book. It was very well written and easy to use but I do have one gripe. The book didn't include many very common edibles that I was hoping to teach my son about. Did the author run short on time? Hope there is a part two!!! Include Eskimo Potatoes in the next addition! Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaemin33 on June 11, 2013
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I like the compact nature of the book, and the pictures and descritptions are good for easy identification. Some of the information could use some more clarification, but overall an excellent guide.
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By Dustin on July 24, 2015
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as a woodsman i know already maybe half of the booklet but i do not know the medical uses, such as to stop bleeding or as a anti bacteria use, and the many various teas. if you go hiking, camping hunting you will love this guide. it is light and will fit in your pack like a charm and a good price, the pictures are colored and the areas to find the plants are accurate.
Pros:light and pack size, colored pics, list the major plants of Alaska that are good to eat!
Cons:none for the price, if you could get it for 25 with waterproof coating it would be perfect.
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I am a city-slicker, but I took this with me to Alaska on a 7-day backpack trip. I used this to verify a bunch of plants. The photos were very helpful, and this book made for great reading in the tent at night, to help process all the stuff we had seen. The highlight was the Lingonberries. They were yummy as a trail-side snack! I also made some Spruce tea which was delicious. I tried a few of the other plants but they tasted like crap!
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I bought this book while I was working at a salmon processing plant in Sitka, Alaska. After the job ended a friend and I went backpacking for a few days in the mountains. I used this book to identify edible plants and berries. For three days we ate primarily the leaves of fireweed, salmonberry, and blueberries, huckleberries, crowberries, and berries of twisted stalk. It was a great companion for our trip!
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By Becky on January 26, 2014
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The book is well written and the illustrations are fine. You probably won't misidentify anything you run into in this book. The book is short and mostly deals with plants you would run into along the coast. Not very useful for interior Alaska. A little pricey for what you get, I think $5 would have been more appropriate for this brochure.
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