A Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America

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An invaluable resource for foragers and outdoor enthusiasts.


More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous lookalikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.


For more than 85 years, Peterson Field Guides have set the standard by which other field guides are measured. Comprehensive and authoritative, they are essential additions to any naturalist's bookshelf or backpack.

Lee Allen Peterson holds a degree in the natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He is intimately acquainted with the field guide approach created by Roger Tory Peterson, his father. Peterson was raised in Connecticut and has traveled widely in the United States and Canada. He is well versed in the study and practice of gastronomic botany.

ROGER TORY PETERSON, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars.

Mariner Books

Pub Date: September 1, 1999

0.81" H x 7.2" L x 4.52" W

352 pages