Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants

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Stackpole Books, 1974 - Nature - 256 pages
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Abstract: More than 100 wild foods may be identified with the aid of this illustrated, full-color field guide to the edible plants growing wild in the U.S. and Canada. An alphabetized directory leads the reader to such wild plants as cowslip, dandelion, elderberry, highbush crannberry, Jerusalem artichoke, horseradish, Miner's lettuce, mustard, plantain, New Jersey tea, sassafras, water cress and wild onion. Each entry lists the botanical family and common names of the plant, a description, and notes on its geographic distribution and edibility. The illustrations help the would-be gatherer in identifying wild fruits, nuts, roots, tubers, greens and seeds. Edible plants still grow everywhere and they are free.

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I LOVE the illustrations in this book - I have a whole shelf of photo-illustrated because I thought they'd be better in the field, but 25 yrs of experience later, I'm much more satisfied with AJA's illustrations. The illustrations are big enough for my aging eyes to see the little details that distinguish between "look-alikes". So I trust this book more than the others - especially when I plan to eat what I pick. I also appreciate the level of description and detail. Can't go wrong with this book. And if you want to lug all the other books, be my guest! 

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A great book. I borrowed it from my local library at first. One of my favorites about edible plants. Justin M. Burke

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Bradford Angier is a seasoned outdoorsman who has lived in many types of wilderness. He is the author of many books on the outdoors, including At Home in the Wilderness, Wilderness Cookery and The Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants.

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