A Guide to Wild Food Foraging: Proper Techniques for Finding and Preparing Nature’s Flavorful Edibles

IMM Lifestyle. Jul. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781504801355. pap. $14.99. COOKING
Squire (Home Gardener’s Herb Gardens) presents this volume for anyone who wants to learn how to forage, grow their own fruits and vegetables, or learn a new hobby. Seven chapters describe wild plants, popular herbs, wild fruits and nuts, mushrooms and other fungi, seaweeds, and shellfish. Squire describes what the food item is, where to find it, which season to harvest, how to harvest the item properly without harming future growth, and how to use the leaves, roots, berries, or other parts of the item. There are over 100 profiles of food items to forage, whether it’s in the backyard, on a camping trip, or in a city park. This is not a gardening book in the usual sense but can be helpful in choosing what plants to grow in one’s garden.
VERDICT A wonderfully visual resource containing color photographs to help in identification, useful sidebars, recipes, proper preparation ideas, and information on which plants can be used for medicinal purposes. Best for beginner foragers, campers, or anyone who goes backcountry hiking.
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