Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat

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2421
$16.95

You don't need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You'll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.

From Booklist
Sixty-five familiar plants you didn’t know you could eat are the stars of this impressively comprehensive guide by horticulturist Zachos, who stresses the “ease and elegance” of foraging familiar plants—greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers, and fungi—in yards and nearby environs. Safety first is the mantra when harvesting in the hood, Zachos instructs. She also provides a section on such necessary “tools of the trade” as bypass pruners and canning jars. She fully describes the categorically arranged 65 plants, from bamboo to redbud and ginkgo, providing how-to discussions on harvesting and preparation. Eye-catching sidebars on legality, quick plant identification, food-preparation tips, and more accompany the main text, which is abundantly illustrated with full-color photos throughout. Back matter includes instructions on freezing and dehydration and recipes for syrups, jams, alcoholic beverages (“Dandelion wine is the color of sunshine”), baked goods, and savory dishes. --Whitney Scott
Review

“[An] impressively comprehensive guide by horticulturist Zachos, who stresses the “ease and elegance” of foraging familiar plants―greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers, and fungi―in yards and nearby environs. … Eye-catching sidebars on legality, quick plant identification, food-preparation tips, and more accompany the main text, which is abundantly illustrated with full-color photos throughout.”
(John Kallas, director of Wild Food Adventures)

“Forget farm to table. Here’s weed to bowl. ... Extremely appealing.”

Product Details

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition edition (March 12, 2013)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces