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Edible Wild Plants for Beginners: The Essential Edible Plants and Recipes to Get Started [Kindle Edition]

Althea Press
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Wild plants are not only beautiful, but they can also be an affordable and sustainable way to add flavor and nutrition to your diet. Edible Wild Plants for Beginners provides you with the essential information and guidance to begin foraging for edible wild plants and including them in your diet. Edible Wild Plants for Beginners provides profiles of common edible wild plants and includes information on dangerous look-alikes, the best time to harvest, where to find each type of wild plant, and how to cultivate your own garden. From natural remedies to delectable dishes and exotic cocktails, Edible Wild Plants for Beginners provides more than 95 ways for you to use these newfound ingredients.

Edible Wild Plants for Beginners will help you explore the world of edible wild plants and teach you how to use them in your home and kitchen, with:

• More than 95 easy-to-follow edible wild plants recipes and remedies, including Amaranth Vegetable Curry, Pickled Jerusalem Artichokes, Chamomile Cookies, and a Purslane Martini
• Tips for foraging, harvesting, and cultivating edible wild plants
• Techniques for serving, preserving, and cooking with edible wild plants
• 31 edible wild plant profiles, including descriptions, distinguishing features, preparation and collection tips, and common uses
• 10 simple steps to making tinctures
• A guide to identifying edible wild plants and avoiding common poisonous plants

With Edible Wild Plants for Beginners, you’ll be able to start living sustainably, saving money, and adding variety to your diet the way nature intended.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3199 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Althea Press (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H3TIAT4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before reading Edible Wild Plants for Beginners: The Essential Edible Plants and Recipes to Get Started, I was under the impression that the weeds growing in my backyard were just that--weeds. Yet this informative guide, which covers everything one needs to know about edible wild plants, opened my eyes to new possibilities.

The book features comprehensive profiles of approximately 30 well-known edible wild plants. Included is everything a beginner would need to know such as: common plant names, physical features, taste, where to locate the edible parts of the plants, common uses of each plant, how and where to forage, transporting, preserving, and much more. Even better, each plant profile is accompanied by a color photo to further assist the novice in easily identifying the different plant species.

Chapter seven is where the reader will find a diverse selection of recipes and remedies derived from each of the featured plants. It was interesting to discover that one can concoct a gin cocktail from dandelions! How about buffalo wing milkweed pods as an appetizer?

In the back of the book there is a handy glossary, tincture recipes (80 proof alcohol or higher works best), and a list of ten of the most common poisonous plants. Now here is where color photos would have been especially meaningful for the novice and the expert alike, yet none were included.

Overall, Edible Wild Plants for Beginners: The Essential Edible Plants and Recipes to Get Started is a good read that's both educational and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Have you ever been out in nature with a friend, only to watch them nonchalantly pick a leaf or berry, or even unearth a root and begin eating it? When you ask what they are doing, they inevitably seem surprised – saying something like “Oh, this is ____, you can tell by the flowers. Here, try some. It’s good.”

Have you ever wanted to be that in-the-know, nature-eating friend? If so, this book is for you.

Edible Plants for beginners offers a quick primer on foraging history, some rules of thumb and techniques for the activity, and a fairly extensive set of edible plant profiles and accompanying recipes. There are also appendices on making tinctures and the top ten (most common) poisonous plants in North America, many of which are flower garden mainstays.

The information is presented well, and there are copious warnings and best practices to keep greenhorn foragers from endangering themselves with look-alike, out of season and contaminated plants.

While this is a beginner’s guide, I wish there were more visuals. Cramming the book with multiple photos of every edible would not be feasible. However, the introductory sections about foraging would have been even more evocative with paintings, drawings or photos of indigenous people gathering edible plants into handmade baskets. Stock photos of forests, urban growth, gardens and other environs would also make the activity of foraging come alive in the pages.

While the one photo per edible plant is appreciated, drawings or photos of the different parts of the plants would be great too. It also seems a little ironic that the top ten plants that will poison you don’t even get pictures or drawings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference May 20, 2014
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What I liked: this is a book I am interested in because I have been curious about trying wild plants but didn't know which ones are edible. I love the pictures of the edible plants as well as the helpful descriptions and recipes. What I wished: this book mentioned multiple poisonous plants in both the beginning and end of book but had NO pictures of them, which really bothered me. I know I can look pics up myself but it would have been handy to have them all in this one book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and follow! February 3, 2014
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Are you looking for ways to eat healthy and save money? Edible Wild Plants for Beginners is a great way to start. You will learn the basics of edible plants, what is edible, when to harvest, the tools you will need and ideas about where to go near you. I found the chapter on Wild Food especially interesting. I had no idea the nutritional value of the plants that grow wild around me. There are also details regarding transporting the plants home, storing and serving/preserving them. I would be sure to checkout the chapter that gives an extensive step by step to test any plant you have found, verifying that you do not have an adverse reaction to it. I am ready to get started!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get More Organic Than This December 30, 2013
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My friends would think I was crazy if they knew I wanted to eat wild stuff in nature. Come to find out there’s a whole culture for eating edible wild plants. “Edible Wild Plants...” was perfect for getting my palette whet for the first time so to speak. I never would’ve thought the process was so entailed, yet easy. This is not something to approach halfheartedly. Eating from the wild can be poisonous, dangerous and/or fruitless (pun intended). I am armed with sound knowledge of not only being a "good steward", but doing essential edibility tests and how to be cautious of wildlife. This is a quick read and the information has changed the way I look at eating WILD STUFF.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner guide to foraging. Excellent recipes!
I'm newly interested in learning to find edible plants and got this as a gift. I've been impressed by the step-by-step approach given by the author not only to learning about the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Arrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Eat your own adventure!
Interesting AND educational, not to mention chocked full of yummy sounding recipes. Of note, the authors caution those of us new to foraging to consider all sources, not just... Read more
Published 3 months ago by AMP14
4.0 out of 5 stars Foodies will love this book!
I have always thought of eating “wild” plants as merely a survival tactic. What an interesting book this is! Read more
Published 3 months ago by andrea l densley
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
This is a book that will make you look at so many plants in completely different ways. A good majority of this book is probably not something that I would ever live by (although a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand
I really enjoyed reading through this educational book as it gives good instructions and advice for the beginner who is looking for edible natural and healthy foods that are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Halferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to Have on Hand if World Falls Apart
“Edible Wild Plants for Beginners” is a good guide to keep on hand. One never knows when we’ll have to survive on the flora growing around us. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alicia Wozniak
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE
Edible Wild Plants for beginners gives those who are interested in further exploring this topic all the information they will need from outlining wild plants that humans can eat,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MGSAB
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget your Lunch?
If you are already a fan of wild crafting then this book is an excellent tool to explain your hobby to others. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lee Youngblood
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Cooking Adventure Begin!
I’ve always been extremely intrigued about cooking with wildflowers, but never truly began researching it until very recently. Edible Wild Plants for Beginners fueled my intrigue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helene Silverman
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, inspirational info for the new enthusiast
Edible Wild Plants for Beginners is positively inspirational. It delivers exactly what the title indicates, offering a solid overview of wild plants, the basics of foraging for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lindsye
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More About the Author

Althea Press is a publisher of trusted reference books on everything from holistic health to sustainable living, including the New York Times and Amazon Best Seller, Essential Oils for Beginners. The experts at Althea specialize in creating beautiful and practical introductory guides for readers who are passionate about alternative medicine and wellness, and want to build a better life through natural methods.

Each Althea book makes daunting topics seem accessible for the beginner, with handy appendixes, concise references, and full-color illustrations. Whether you would like to become an expert in blending your own essential oils, or foraging for wild plants, Althea Press has the perfect guide for your needs.

Althea Press is located in Berkeley, California.

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