Peterson Field Guides “Edible Wild Plants”

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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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284 thoughts on “Peterson Field Guides “Edible Wild Plants”

  1. I’d love the Atlantic Seashore. My husband and I just moved to the coast and are huge nature and environmental buffs and this would be perfect for exploring our new “home”

  2. A Field Guide to Eastern Trees is a good one for me because I am interested in what several trees are on the wooded areas of my property.

  3. I like A Field Guide to Coral Reefs because of my interest in nature and scuba diving.

  4. I could use A Field Guide to Southeastern and Caribbean Seashores because I am relocating to the Gulf Coast soon.

  5. A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico – or, as my husband puts it, the appetizer list for ‘Fear Factor’ 😉

  6. I would like the Stars and Planets guide because every time I look up at night I wonder “what the heck is that???”. Also because I already have the Peterson’s wildflower and tree books for my area. Love guide books, mine are well worn from useage, and this baby would be too! Here I come a foraging through the woods. Ooh, some friends brought over morel mushrooms last weekend. YUM!!!

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  8. I would really love to own the Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America & the Field Guide to Mushrooms…I love to learn about natural things and these would be awesome to read….Thanks!!!

  9. I’m interested in A Field Guide to Stars and Planets because it’s a subject I know next to nothing about!

  10. Love the plants in Missippip we often love the woods and nature; if left or lost this book is invaluable. Thanks SW

  11. Would love the Seashore guild. We live near the beach, and just knowing more about what we might run into would be great! Thanks!

  12. I’m also interested in A Field Guide to Warblers of North America so we can identify birds we see

  13. I’d be most interested in the Atlantic Seashore booklet because, well, the shore is my favorite place to be, and I’d love to know more about the wildlife there…I hate not being able to identify the birds in particular.

  14. Neat. What a great way to be informed and able to take care of yourself if needed in the wilderness.
    Thanks, Subscriber

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