From the Back Cover
Like having a trusted guide at your side
If you can't take Alan Cvancara with you, take this book.
Ingenious, simple, and eminently practical, Edible Wild Plants and Herbs: A Ragged Mountain Press Pocket Guide is the quickest way to truly know and enjoy what's around you, whether you're in the backyard or the backcountry. Here are concise, easy-to-understand details to identify and use 50 common plants and herbs. Next to your water bottle, this book could be the most important item you pack.
Alan Cvancara, an ardent conservationist, has spent decades studying wild edible plants, and his sensible and responsible advice shows how to enjoy these useful plants while preserving their future. Here he has organized plants by season and by habitat--including forests, grasslands, deserts, tundras, freshwater shores, and seacoasts. Cvancara has carefully selected plants and herbs that are easy to identify, occur widely throughout the United States and Canada, and have more than one use. You'll learn four ways to eat yuccas and how to use them as a source of soap and needle and thread. You'll discover how rose petals work like bandages, and that cattails stuffed into boots provide wonderful insulation.
Here also are tips for finding water, vital nutrition information, and how to steer clear of common poisonous plants.
PACK IT and GO.