Foraging in North America: The Top 12 Plants to Seek Out

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Learn to identify, collect, and prepare wild edibles!

Step into your backyard, garden, or nearby green space, and harvest an abundance of free, nutritious, and organic greens, tubers, and fruits. Foraging in North America introduces you to 12 widely accessible wild plants that can be gathered safely. Compared to cultivated garden plants, these wild edibles require no care, are hardier, and are amazing sources of nutrients.

Throughout much of our history, wild plants were the mainstay of human diets. They were rich in micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals that nurtured good health and strong immune systems. Foraging in North America is a simple guide that introduces readers to those foods--including such overlooked superfoods as dandelions, lambs quarters, and nettles. Learn how to find and identify those wild edibles and more, while avoiding toxic or inedible look-alikes. Expert forager Tom Anderson also shares tips on best practices for collecting and even some ideas on how to prepare your finds for the table, based on 30 years of experience. The easy-to-use information is accessible for everyone from beginners to experts.

Foraging is also an excellent family activity. It helps children to learn about the natural world while simultaneously giving them the satisfaction of contributing to the household. Bring this photo-illustrated quick guide on your next outing. Its pocket-sized format makes it easy to tuck into a daypack, camping cook kit, or glove compartment.


Table of Contents:


Foraging Ethics and Tips




Garlic Mustard





Sheep Sorrel

Virginia Waterleaf

Wild Grape


Easy Recipes


Books and Websites

For nearly 30 years, Tom Anderson was a professional naturalist and Director of the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center near Marine on St. Croix. He is the author of the following titles: Learning Nature by a Country Road, Black Bear: Seasons of the Wild, and Things That Bite: The Truth About Critters That Scare People. He is a native of North Branch, Minnesota.

Adventure Publications/PGW

Pub Date:  May 21, 2019

0.3" H x 7.5" L x 3.8" W

32 pages