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You Can Become A Hardcore Forager

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Becoming a hardcore forager is not difficult. It takes a fair amount of time to learn the basics of foraging, then a lifetime of honing those basic skills. The first thing to do is to find a reliable guide book to learn which plants are good for what. The classic in the field isStalking The Wild Asparagus, by the late Euell Gibbons. He originally published it in 1962, and Gibbons’ love of the wilds (and wild foods) still shines forth 34 years later. The line drawings are very clear and make recognition easy. The recipes will get the novice wild-foods cook off to a good start.Stalking The Wild Asparagusis available from Storey Communications, Schoolhouse Rd., Pownal, VT 05261.

Another basic manual of identification and use of wild plants isThe Wild Food Trail Guideby Alan Hall. Sadly, this book is out of print. It might be found in used bookstores, or your library may be able to get you a copy via inter-library loan. This is a more compact book than Gibbons, but it has excellent indices, listing plants by use and season of availability. The section of potentially harmful look-alikes is also very handy. Oddly enough, the little Golden Nature Guides are useful for identification as well. While there isn’t one on edible plants specifically, the one on flowers and the one on weeds both have excellent pictures for identifying your targets. The various guide books with photographs don’t seem to be as useful. Sometimes it’s hard to see the plant in question in the photograph. A clear line drawing is your best bet.

Now you have your book and you’re ready to go. Almost. Book in hand, take a stroll in the backyard. Try to identify the edible wild plants right outside your back door. Odds are you’ll have no trouble finding half a dozen or so. The most likely are dandelion, chicory, amaranth, rumex, chenopodium, and milkweed. These, along with cattails, are the most common edible plants in America.


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Anyone here like to forage for wild edibles?

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