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Edible Wild Plants [Kindle Edition]

John Kallas Ph.D.
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Edible wild plants have one or more parts that can be used for food if gathered at the appropriate stage of growth and properly prepared. Edible Wild Plants includes extensive information and recipes on plants from the four categories.

Foundation greens: wild spinach, chickweed, mallow, purslane; tart greens: curlydock, sheep sorrel, wood sorrel; pungent greens: wild mustard, wintercress, garlic mustard,shepherd’s purse; and bitter greens: dandelion, cat’s ear, sow thistle, nipplewort.

Dr. John Kallas has investigated and taught about edible wild plants since 1970. He founded WildFood Adventures in 1993 and is the publisher and editor of Wild FoodAdventurer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

The definitive work on growing, harvesting, and eating wild greens.

Product Details

  • File Size: 14805 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9W8VE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In-depth coverage of 15 common edible greens September 19, 2010
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This book provides in-depth coverage of 15 commonly found wild edible greens. It covers everything you need to know: from dangerous look-alikes, to when to harvest, to which parts of the plant are edible, to recipes.

The Kindle edition has one major flaw (subtracting one star) in that the table of contents does not list the 15 plants. So it's not easy to determine which plants are covered and there's not a way to jump from the TOC to the plants. (Using the Search function is possible once you know which plants are covered.)

Wild Spinach
Common Mallow
Curly Dock
Sheep Sorrel
Wood Sorrel
Field Mustard
Garlic Mustard
Shepherd's Purse
Cat's Ear
Sow Thistle
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focused and Relevant December 30, 2013
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This book focuses on the most common types of weeds that you can eat across America. However, unlike other books, it goes into very great detail about each one, including how palatable the weed is. Previous to this, I was under the impression that all weeds were probably as pungent of an experience as dandelion. Thanks to it, I have now added about five new greens to my diet. The book is extremely relevant because the weeds it encompasses grow everywhere and are the most common greens in the area other than grass. I was flabbergasted to find out that I had been weeding plants out of my garden that tasted better than the ones I was trying to grow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price April 9, 2013
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An abundance of sharply focused color photos, hands-on knowledge and expertise shared re collecting, preparing, cooking, history, range, anecdotal comments etc that show the author isn't just quoting other sources -- he personally knows his subject and speaks with authority gained from experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool book April 3, 2013
By Karli
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I bought this book because I really wanted to be able to learn some "self-sustaining" skills. I've been into organic and raw eating, and this books helps you do it the easiest and cheapest way. It's so easy to understand, the author is very thorough and starts from the basics so you don't get lost. I live in Utah and this book is perfect for the diverse landscapes we have here. I highly recommend this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! March 19, 2014
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I took this book when I went camping, on a whim, and was surprised to see how many of the plants were available, and how easy the guide made it to identify them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Primer on Wild Greens February 7, 2014
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A comprehensive look at fifteen different wild plants that can be eaten as greens. All fifteen are widely available throughout most of the country. Clear descriptions and multiple pictures set up the instruction on identification. You are also given information on habitat, life cycle, history of use and origin, as many are introduced weeds from Eurasia. What makes this book different is the detail on how to collect, so that the maximum flavor and shelf life can be obtained from your foraging.

Don't look for information on berries, nuts, fruits or tubers in this book. Even so, this is a very valuable and useful book. Wild greens are actually far more nutritious--and less expensive--than the lettuce, spinach and yes, even kale that you buy in the supermarket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it for my kindle PC. December 4, 2012
By Nancy
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This is an interesting book and I have already ID'd several wild things growing in my area. Soon I will taste what I have seen but I need to wait till spring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edible Wild Plants April 27, 2012
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Very well presented, with emphasis on proper identification and safety. The notes on harvesting at the ideal stage of growth is also very important. Great book. Thanks
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good identification guide, well-written and complete for each plant. I started eating my backyard right away,
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well researched book!
Dr. John Kallas looks closely, thinks, documents, and researches wild edible plants and we benefit! A wonderful book that is second only to having John show you the plant and walk... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andover
2.0 out of 5 stars B
The book is not what I expected needs more plants and detail to make it easier for the novice not everyone has someone around to assist in learning and the guide only touches the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pharoahsghost
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend to a friend!
This is a good general resource on wild edible plants. There are some good to great sugestions on tools and methods not only for wild plants but for life in the wild overall. Read more
Published 14 months ago by allenp942
3.0 out of 5 stars Very informative... but
I bought this book and found it to be very informative, but also found it to be repetitive at times. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Lacks pictures need pictures of each wild plant for easier identification. An okay boook if you are already familiar with edible wild plants.
Published 19 months ago by Sharon Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars liked
wish it had a larger variety of plants. that pokeweed made me alittle sick, not much, but interesting. somehow they eat it like crazy in the south
Published 21 months ago by l.r.
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From the author:

The plants covered in this book are universal. That is, they are found all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. These plants are native to humans, abundant and widespread. You will find them all in Washington State.


John Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Wild... Read More
May 16, 2013 by John N. Kallas |  See all 4 posts
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