Foraging Washington

Foraging Washington

Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods

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From cattails, wild onions, and service-berries to blackberries, camas, and fireweed, Foraging Washington guides readers to the edible wild foods of Washington. Helpfully organized by environmental zone, this book is an authoritative guide for nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, and gastronomes. This guide also includes: Species ranging from herbs to berries, Forager notes and expert advice on identifying, preparing, freezing, drying, storing, and cooking wild edibles, Tools, techniques, and foraging etiquette, Recipes to prepare at home and on the trail Book jacket.
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : FalconGuides, [2017]
ISBN: 9781493025336
1493025333
Branch Call Number: 581.632 NYERGES
Characteristics: xi, 260 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm

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List - Eating Weeds
SnoIsleLib_MarieB Jul 25, 2019

A great book for beginners because it is organized by plant families, has clear photographs, and a special section that highlights common, easy-to-identify plants.

Interested in foraging for sea rocket? Or maybe some kinnikinnick? This book can guide you to look in the right location. Separating the state by ecoregion, popular foraged foods are listed for each area. But, as with all identification, if you are at all uncertain please contact an experienced f... Read More »


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EvanSchoenfeld
Jun 19, 2019

I knew about bitter cress and plantains, but it turns out most of the anonymous weeds in my yard are edible. ‘Foraging’ stresses whether a plant has toxic look-alikes, which made me feel brave enough to identify and taste a bit of sheep sorrel. It was actually pretty good. I wish the author informed his public that large amounts of oxalic acid are considered health risks, and so would be sorrels, purslane etc. Mr. Nyerges may not be an absolute authority on everything he says, but it comes off as a fairly fun, mostly harmless tome. His reasons for not discussing mushrooms were well taken: A measure of competence needed to safely gather fungi is definitely beyond the scope of this book. Not beyond books, just this one, but it doesn’t require two years of college courses either. Much depending on how good the reader and how accident prone the would-be collector. We have toxic look-alikes too.

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Frybyte
Jun 09, 2019

This book has good written info but due to the poor photographic examples is basically useless. I knew what most of the plants/trees/etc looked like, and I was trying to see if a 'weed' that is common in my area had edible possibilities[failed], but the photos are so poorly rendered and too often out of scale (no scale in the photos are given) that someone unfamiliar ahead of time would never be able to identify the example.

I did like that they included bits about Lewis and Clarke, I hated how the author told what 'he' did with each plant as that is a personal and in this case(s) particularly unhelpful.

At base I'd avoid this one and find another, they exist.

The editors of this one should be ashamed.

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