- Paperback: 353 pages
- Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882403699
- ISBN-13: 978-0882403694
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Discovering Wild Plants: Alaska, Western Canada, The Northwest Paperback – June 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Schofield's book is a great addition to any apocalypse-preparedness library. It covers edible species of plants that grow in the wild (and in urban areas).
Discovering Wild Plants describes how to find edibles, when to harvest them, how to prepare them, and what they'll do for you in terms of nutrition, wellness, and healing.
This book is the standard in wild edibles if you live in Washington state, and it's required reading for students of Alderleaf Wilderness College ([...]).
It's a shame that this book is out of print. Count yourself lucky if you manage to snag a reasonably-priced used copy. I'm still looking for mine, and borrowing constantly from the library in the meantime.
In addition to excellent pictures (which really show you clearly how to tell this plant apart from others) you'll frequently run across a sentence that goes something like "So-and-so says in his/her book that it's edible after it's been dried /boiled /whatever, but my taste tests implied ...".
Truly outstanding research and practical information, both on medicinal and culinary uses of these plants, make this an invaluable addition to the library of anybody interested in plants in the Far North.
Great work, Janice!
While the focus of the book appears on first blush to be Alaska, in fact most of the plants listed are common to my area (Vancouver Island BC) and there were only one or two that I had not heard of.
Occasionally the information is tantalizing because of it's gaps. I found myself thinking, "OK, so you eat the flower -- so is that just the petals or the whole thing?" and similar questions which may not have occurred to the writer who is obviously very familiar with the material and who regularly gathers wild plants for food. A little more precision on the culinary aspects of the book would have pushed it from a good guide to an outstanding one.
If you like plant identification and the history, lore, and practical uses of local plants, this guide will not disappoint.
2 other books i consider " must have" for the PNW are
Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas and The Boreal Herbal by Beverley Gray
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really appreciate how this book is arranged by habitat type. A great resource and great service by the providerPublished 11 months ago by carol willis
The bible of edible plant gathering and home medicine making field and time tested has absolutely no equalPublished 14 months ago by Angela Wolfe
I was happy to see that it arrived as this book is out of print and hard to find. It has more wear than I imagined upon purchase but that's ok. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Kristi Foreman
This a great book for the outdoors person & naturalist who wishes not always to eat out of Costco & eliminate the danger of MONSANTO & the world of unnatural & unsafe foods. Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by Tamara L. Scallion