Field Guide to North American Edible Wild Plants by Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman


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Field Guide to North American Edible Wild Plants by Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman
An important book for any wild food library. This is a valuable resource that focuses on both the identification as well as the uses of edible wild plants. Elias and Dykeman cover 220 plants, of which 20 are poisonous. Each plant they cover is represented by a range map and one to four full color photographs to help you recognize the plants they included. The book organizes plants into seasons.

The introduction covers topics that include harvest and preparation, jam jelly and pie recipes, and Native American uses of plants. This book covers herbs, shrubs, trees, and vines. There is a nutrient table at the end of the book. The photographs are well done. In many instances they will help you identify plants down to the species level. Edibility coverage is brief but information rich. One of the things I really like is that they include “tips”, on how to harvest process and cook, that they learned from experience. Recommended as a part of your wild food library!

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