Have you ever foraged for a meal? Before gathering leaves sprouting from the cracks in the sidewalk to make a salad, check out these books on what to look for, where to look, and how to prepare your harvest.
"Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat" by Ellen Zachos focuses on plants often found in urban and suburban areas. It includes color photographs for identification and tips on how to avoid pesticides.
Samuel Thayer's book "Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants" also offers detailed plant descriptions along with helpful photos and drawings highlighting features that distinguish edible plants from the poisonous plants they might resemble.
If you prefer the handy portable format of the Peterson Field Guides, try "A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America." This book is easy to carry with you on a wild food hunt and features information specific to our region.
These are just a few of the many books on SLCL shelves about wild edible plants. Time spent with these books may transform your evening walk into a scavenger hunt.
--Jennifer A., Headquarters