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Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat Paperback – March 12, 2013
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“[An] impressively comprehensive guide by horticulturist Zachos, who stresses the “ease and elegance” of foraging familiar plants―greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers, and fungi―in yards and nearby environs. … Eye-catching sidebars on legality, quick plant identification, food-preparation tips, and more accompany the main text, which is abundantly illustrated with full-color photos throughout.”
“Forget farm to table. Here’s weed to bowl. ... Extremely appealing.”
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The selection of plants is another special attribute of this book: it focuses on those edibles (both wild and cultivated) that most readers are likely to have access to in their own yards and neighborhoods. The plants covered fall mostly into three categories: ornamentals with mostly-ignored parts that happen to be edible, street trees, and weeds. While it is ridiculously popular for readers to complain that a wild food book doesn't contain this or that favorite plant, this book has a very thoughtful and useful selection that should be revealing to anybody.Read more ›
This is not a compilation book just copied from other sources. Her view is unique.
65 plants is not enough of course. I want more! But, I understand a book can only be so big. Please author, I hope you are working on volume 2! I will buy immediately...
This is also the book I would buy as a present for someone brand new to foraging...
It's written for people who have recently started foraging or who have been doing it only for a short time and would like to know more about what is edible and ways to prepare it. Full color photographs and lots of information written in an easy to follow conversational fashion make it a very accessible book for people who are just starting out. The plants cover a fairly wide range of regional zones.
It starts with learning how to identify plants to be safe and how to harvest in an ethical way, and then talks about how to harvest in a way that doesn't destroy the appearance of your garden and landscaping. It explains about young shoots, foraging flowers, nuts and fruits and digging for edible roots. It also has a great section on the tools you'll need to enjoy your harvest.
Getting into the plants, each plant is described completely and has both the common name and the Latin name listed. The text explains how to harvest, and which parts of the plants are edible, and how they are best eaten. It will also show dangerous lookalikes and how to tell the difference. It's sectioned by types of edibles.
The first section is leaves and stems that are edible. This includes things like chickweed and miner's lettuce that can be eaten raw in a salad as well as things like fern fiddleheads that are best cooked.
The next section covers edible fruits and flowers. This covers crabapples and highbush cranberries as well as things like juniper berries, roses and prickly pears.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am so pleased with this book. Great resource. I had no idea so many things in my yard were edible. Tonight I cooked curried spider wort it was delicious. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by ILOVEMYWILLOW
I think this is a very useful book. It's fun to think outside of the box!Published 26 days ago by attagirl
Very useful. Not too in depth, but giving enough info and photos to actually go out in the yard and check out these plants.Published 1 month ago by Kelly and Stephanie Snyder
Very nice, very informative book! Fabulous photos! I absolutely love it!Published 3 months ago by Nadya
Took a copy out from the library. The information and the illustrations were pretty good. Tried some of the plants, Most of them tasted fair to good. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome what a great wealth of information. As a person who lives off the land and is self sustains myself and family of the land it's great to find new ideas and different ways of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. L Nelson
This is great for a beginner like me! I was pleasantly surprised with how much information I can already use at home. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mikaela Wolf