Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants (2nd Edition)
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Author note: Forward by Ed Begley, Jr.
An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers, or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. Written by a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types—it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. This new edition features more than 70 plants found all around the United States along with more than 100 full-color photos plus a handy leaf key to help readers identify the plants. It also includes fascinating folklore about plants, personal anecdotes about trips and meals, and simple and tasty recipes.
it all. Was I upset? Discouraged? Of course, though I accepted the fact that some things were beyond my control. I still gained insight and knowledge and strength from the way in which I chose to interact with that once-beautiful willow forest. It revealed secrets to me, and there was balance and equity between us. Elder flowers We hope you find this book useful. Let the skills of past generations come alive as you discover the wild foods and herbs that thrive everywhere. Let the plants be
need to be twisted off (or cut from) the pads, then carefully peeled, and enjoyed fresh. Once chilled (in the refrigerator or in a stream), these fruits taste very much like melon. Even eaten unchilled along the trail, they’ll satisfy both thirst and appetite. Drinks, pies, jams, ice creams, and so forth can also be made from this fine fruit. Juice can be made simply by pressing the peeled fruits and then pouring the pressed fruit through a colander to remove the pulp and seed. Ice cream can be
dispersal by the wind. Sow thistle flowers, often mistaken for dandelions. Beneficial Properties EDIBLE PROPERTIES Although raw sow thistle leaves are slightly bitter, many people still enjoy them in salads when mixed with other greens or covered with a light oil and vinegar dressing. The young cooked leaves make a mild dish similar to spinach popularly enjoyed the world over. Pinch off just the leaves for cooking, preferably the large lower ones. The upper leaves are also acceptable
boiling. MEDICINAL USES In general, you should think of willow as a medicine tree, not a food source. Every now and then during one of my walks, someone will tell me that they have a headache. I peel off two slivers of bark from the ubiquitous willow and hand it to them. “Take two pieces of bark and call me in the morning,” I tell them. Most people laugh when I say this, but some people don’t get it because they aren’t familiar with willow or its history. The inner bark of willow contains
leaves of this group can be eaten, some raw, some when cooked, and some leaves are used for medicinal teas. However, the only valid general statement that can be made about this group is that the petals can be eaten as well as the fruits, if fleshy and palatable. This group contains most of the commonly recognized berries, the bulk of cultivated fruits, all roses, and many wild plants. This is certainly a worthwhile group of plants to know. CAUTIONS The leaves of some members of this group