A few years ago I got a copy of a Peterson Field Guide, “Medicinal Plants and Herbs” from my husband. I’ve mentioned it many times here, and have recommended it to some of you emailing me for a list of good herb books. It’s been an indispensable guide that goes with me every time I traipse into the woods. Happily for me, this isn’t the only Peterson Field Guide; not by a long shot. Recently I’ve had my nose buried in “A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America” by Lee Allen Peterson. This latest guide will certainly be getting a workout this summer, as I’ve been wanting to delve into learning about edible wild plants. There’s something about being more self sufficient, not only through herbal medicine, but through the knowledge that if need be, I could find food even in the forests near my home. And if not for need, the desire to learn about these healthy plants and to be able to bring that nutrition to my family is most definitely a driving factor!
“A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants” is a thorough and concise guide book, filled with wonderfully clear black and white sketches of plants that can be eaten, and plants that should never be eaten (equally important information). The line drawings make identification much easier, and a section of full-color photographs gives the student a chance to see several of the species in their natural surroundings and colors. Beside each section of drawings, readers will find a written description of each plant, along with the best ways to prepare each. For instance, when I look up Dandelion (I couldn’t resist), I see the Latin name (Taraxacum officinale) along with a list of the parts of the plant that are edible. (That would be the whole thing! Oh marvelous plant.) Following is a written description, information on where the plant is found (no mention of my back yard as a major dandelion reserve. Huh.) and a few ideas on how to eat it, as well as a simple recipe. Symbols help you discover at a glance whether a plant is good as a salad, a tea, in syrups or jams, etc.
I do believe A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants is one reference book that, once again, I’ll be reading cover to cover. This would be a fabulous learning tool for anyone who spends time in the woods, whether herbalist, camper, hunter, or plant lover in general. If you plan on buying one as a gift, better thing twice and purchase two copies – once you get your hands on it, you’d be loath to give away your only copy.
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