Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat

Storey. 2013. 240p. photogs. ISBN 9781612120096. pap. $16.95. GARDENING
Hungry for a healthy snack? While Musselman, et al., cover wild plants, certified horticulturist Zachos suggests you simply visit your yard, where you can nibble on cultivated landscape plants such as hosta or munch on some mulberries. With Zachos as your knowledgeable and witty guide, you will soon see common landscape plants and garden weeds, etc., as a smorgasbord of edible fruits, vegetables, flowers, roots, nuts, and fungi. Chapters cover general information about foraging plus profiles of edible plants arranged by plant part (greens, fruits, nuts and seeds, etc.), and offer some basic recipes and information on preserving your foraged fare. Each profile includes a short description of the plant, where to find it, and how to harvest and eat it, along with lovely color photos. Unfortunately, the profiles do not include USDA hardiness zones or regions in which the plants are commonly found. The book includes very brief, general content on cultivation, but since the plants are quite common, that data can be easily found elsewhere. There is also a short but excellent annotated list of additional sources of information.
VERDICT Readers interested in local food and new tastes will enjoy this clear, well-illustrated guide to the culinary delights lurking nearby.
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