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A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – September 1, 1999
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Despite these points, there are some things that make it hard to use. First, because they are trying to cram in as many plants as possible, they don't give enough attention to many plants that deserve it and give very breif descriptions, although they do point out some of the main identifying features. Second, the pictures, at least for the first half of the book, are simply recycled from the Peterson Guide to Wildflowers, which means that they often leave out important parts that you really need to see. Third, the book is organized for the most part so that you can't find a plant unless you know the color of the flower, which makes it really difficult to recognize plants unless you find them during the period they flower, which is usually pretty short. And did anyone notice that they switched the pictures of Nodding Wild Onion and Field Garlic on page 115?
Of course, the descriptions and drawings are better than most books on the subject, and it does have many useful features, so this book is definately worth having.
This has a lot of very good line drawings and some photos. The information in it is very good.
But, I would suggest that people cross reference the plants they find with another field book before eating something.
The descriptions in the book are short, the emphasis is on the use of the plant and were you may find them. Remeber with out looking closely an untrained eye may mistake water hemlock (deadly) with water parsnip, cow parsnip, angelica, or wild raison at a quick glance. And that could be unfortunate to say the least. Other then that warning though I enjoyed this book and have had it a long time. It tends to be one of the books I carry with me when I go hiking and looking for plants and birds.
At the end of the book you will find extra sections that help you find edible plants in a specific season. For example, it is spring and you want to make jams, salads, or pickles from a wild plant. The book lists all the plants you can collect during that season. Another section deals with location: which edible plants grow in meadows, wetlands, etc.
The book is well organized, color-coded, fully illustrated, and well indexed.
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This is an excellent field guide for collecting edibles and avoiding things that could make your day(s) miserable! Read morePublished 7 days ago by E. Svanoe
Nice book, would be great to find an updated version with better pictures.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love it! Basic sketches AND some of the most vivid color pictures you've ever seen on your life! So far seems to have all the right information with no filler or nonsense. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mr. H
There is so much information in this book. I am looking forward to getting the Wild Medicinals as a companion to this.Published 20 days ago by Courtney A. Sanders