Foraging as a Way of Life: A Year-Round Field Guide to Wild Plants

New Society. Apr. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780865719972. pap. $39.99. GARDENING
Foraging is a sustainability practice that encourages protecting and caring for nature. Having grown up among the wild plants in the woods of Sweden, wilderness guide and herbalist Cannon is passionate about foraging. While she is based in Canada now, her book covers plants that are widespread, which makes her advice and guidance applicable to most regions. The guide is divided by season, with five plants or mushrooms covered each month to give readers a better sense of when to harvest them. There is information on hunting for black elderberry in spring, Oregon grape in summer, lobster mushroom in the fall, and Western hemlock in the winter, among many other options. The listing for each plant includes its Latin and common names, plus synonyms, a detailed description, uses, look-alikes, and cautions, if applicable. The book’s pictures show clear, intricate views of most parts of the plants. A glossary, a list of web resources, and an index to common and scientific names round out this resource.
VERDICT A great, first-rate title for readers looking to foraging to connect with nature in a new and deeper way.
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