The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts: How to Find, Identify, and Cook Them

By Katie Letcher Lyle

Edible wild vegetation, mushrooms, culmination, and nuts develop wild alongside roadsides, in state fields, and in city parks. All demeanour of leafy vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs that command hefty costs on the marketplace are bountiful outside and totally loose for the taking. yet to get pleasure from them you want to recognize, while to reap, tips to realize, and the way to organize and consume them. the entire advisor to suitable for eating Wild crops, Mushrooms, end result, and Nuts presents every thing you want to find out about those wild treasures. integrated is details at the most typically stumbled on of those wild comestibles, going past a box guide's description to supply folklore and mouth-watering recipes for every access, comparable to wild asparagus pizza, fiddlehead soup, blackberry mousse, and elderberry pie.

This absolutely illustrated advisor is the precise spouse for hikers, campers, and an individual who enjoys consuming the great nutrients of the earth. With the whole advisor to fit for human consumption Wild crops, Mushrooms, culmination, and Nuts in hand, you are going to by no means stroll via a box back with no casting your eyes approximately with dinner in mind.

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Sixty four Apples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sixty six Crab Apples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Blackberries and Raspberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy three Blueberries and Huckleberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . eighty Cherries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eighty four Cornel Cherries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Cranberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Elderberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety two Figs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety four Grapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety seven Mulberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Pears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Plums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Quinces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Strawberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 five plant life and HERBS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Rose Hips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Violets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred and twenty Mint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Catnip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred twenty five Bayberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Nasturtiums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Marigolds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred thirty 6 NUTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Black Walnuts and Butternuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Hickory Nuts and Pecans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Beechnuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Coconuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 7 MISCELLANEOUS FORAGING . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Corn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Jerusalem Artichokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Wild Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred fifty viii Contents CmpltGDEdiblePlantS_4pp. indd eight 2/25/10 11:14 AM Horseradish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Sassafras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Ginseng . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Maple Syrup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Avocados . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred sixty five Prickly Pear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Watermelon Rind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred and seventy eight ANNUAL FORAGERS’ CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . 172 nine the ultimate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred seventy five 10 APPENDIx: easy RECIPES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 concerning the writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 Contents ix CmpltGDEdiblePlantS_4pp. indd nine 2/25/10 11:14 AM CmpltGDEdiblePlantS_4pp. indd 10 2/25/10 11:14 AM ACKNoWLEdGMENTS My warmest because of the entire pals who made this undertaking such enjoyable: the librarians and buddies I requested questions of, those that attempted out the recipes, intrepid foragers who went with me, tolerant cronies who publish with my obsessions and cheered me on. They are: Karen Bailey, LuAnn Balfry, Georgianna Brush, Carolyn Cox, Andy Johnson, Wendy Knick, Cynthia LaRue, John Letcher, Peter Letcher, Lisa McCown and C. Vaughan Stanley of the bathing- ton and Lee collage infrequent Books assortment, Grace McCrowell of the Rockbridge neighborhood Library, my agent Sally Hill McMil- lan, desire Mihalap, normal “Jimmy” Morgan, Mario Pellicciaro, Sarah Rorrer, Edgar Shew, Tommy Spencer, Suzie Thompson, Frances Tolley, Martha Boyden Williams, Chris clever, Maureen worthy, Rebecca Worth—and as constantly, my fan membership, to whom I’m such a lot grateful—my exceptional teenagers, Cochran and Jennie, and my deceased husband, Royster. I additionally have to thank my impressive new accomplice, Nick Charles, for his aid of my paintings.

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