- Series: All Ages
- Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Crds edition (June 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880795158
- ISBN-13: 978-0880795159
- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 202 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wild Cards: Edible Wild Foods (All Ages) Cards – June 1, 1990
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As other reviews state the info on these cards is really good - what to eat/harvest and some prep instructions. The cards are pretty nice quality and the chain is great. The card game is... well not really a game, but that's not why I got it. I just like a simple picture and identification details. If you are like me you will get more from these than a long boring edibles book. Use these to find the plants, then when you want to explore more recipes or plant details go to the book. I do agree with others that I wish more versions were made. A special deck for just the western and eastern US would be great. Also a fruit specific deck would be ideal.
They came in today and I immediately shuffled through them. They have many of the plants indigenous to my area, which I already knew were useful... but the verbal descriptions of the plant along with the sketch and photograph would make it nearly impossible to mis-identify these edible and otherwise useful plants and flowers.
The helpful hints are awesome too and there are many different ways mentioned for their use which I didn't know.
The fact that they have actual playing card symbols on the underside is amusing to me more than a frustration, because if I want to PLAY cards I'll bring a deck of playing cards, when I want to identify plants I'll break out the Wild Cards. Do not buy these if you are looking for playing cards that are meant to be playing cards. These are meant to be a survivalist aid, the other markings are nothing more than an amusing and secondary entertainment in a pinch I'm sure.
Love the keychain chain that holds them all together because they ARE a slippery bunch, which makes it quite easy to slip through them quickly as you're searching for a specific card. They do not stick together at all like "new playing cards" do. These are really awesome and will be a great tool in any survival/evac kit.
I got these cards thinking they would do double duty as an educational tool and also be something we could do with ourselves (play cards) if we don't have the electronics we've become accustomed to.
The cards are well designed and glossy, and the photographs are pretty representative. Each has a line drawing of the plant's range and a black and white field drawing. On the playing card marked side, the cards give info on what parts of the plant are edible, characteristics, uses, and preparation hints. One card has a summary of how to test out an unknown plant to see if you can eat it--if you get desperate!
The drilled hole through the left side of the cards and the chain are great, and they all fit into the cardboard pack with no problem. I wish I had several other kinds of survival decks, too, like maybe mushrooms, insects you can eat if you absolutely had to, maybe shelter-making and trap-setting decks, etc. Just any survival-type card decks would be fantastic, a different kind for each person in the family.
I think this deck would make an excellent gift, especially for those occasions where you're supposed to spend less than $10 and put the gift into the pot at the office. It would be a conversation piece at the least, and certainly would be very helpful if someone was stranded and needed to survive.