Went berry picking today and found some blueberries surprisingly. I also found some other berries, but I had no idea if they were the toxic kind.
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on July 07, 2014
at 06:09 PM
Firstly, when it comes to finding an edible wild plant resource book, I would not advocate being too stuck on color photographs. Color photos do a great job at presenting the general appearance of plants, but that is an insufficient criterion for judgement. Many times color photos deceive more easily than they inform because the reader may not know which of the details are critical, and which are variables that are irrelevant.
The Peterson Field Guide series does a credible job of stressing which details are the most important just using simple line drawings with anatomical details highlighted. The Peterson Field Guide to the Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America by Lee Peterson, is a good book to start with.
No color photo is going to be very useful to someone who doesn't know about leaf arrangements, flower parts and the proper terms for the stuff that makes the identification-of-plants endeavor possible. This knowledge is attainable and interesting and has the added benefit of preventing killing off your loved ones by accident.
And as always, leave your food explorations of plants in the carrot family [Apiaceae] for last. These are the most difficult plants for most amateurs to ID, and the penalties for a screw-up can be a very fast fatality.
Other good books to start with are:
Edible Wild Plants: From Dirt to Plate by John Kallas
Forager's Harvest by Samuel Thayer
Nature's Garden by Samuel Thayer
Thanks for reading.
on October 11, 2012
at 04:32 PM
I love Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast - great color photographs and well organized. Obviously only applicable if you live in Washington/B.C./Oregon though.