Pacific Northwest Foraging

Pacific Northwest Foraging

120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles From Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts

Book - 2014 | 1st ed.
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The Pacific Northwest is a veritable feast for foragers. The forests, meadows, streambanks, and even the weedy margins of neighborhoods are home to a surprising number of delicious wild edible plants. Douglas Deur, a lifetime Northwest forager, shares his insights and experiences, showing you what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way. Pacific Northwest Foraging is a hardworking guide packed with detailed information and clear photography for the safe identification of more than 120 wild plants. It also features a seasonal guide for foraging year-round and collecting tips for sustainable harvesting. It is applicable to Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and southeast Alaska.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781604693522
Branch Call Number: 581.632 DEUR
Characteristics: 290 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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As the step is taken to reconnect with eating wild, foraging identification books like this one are helpful in making sure you aren't gathering the wrong thing. The author gathers identification knowledge from tribal foragers, as well as university researchers in botany. However, you should alway... Read More »

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Jul 13, 2017

Of all the wild foraging books I have attempted to use in my lifetime, this one was by far the most comprehensive for the Oregon-Washington area, as well as the easiest to use. I plan to buy it when I get the chance.

Oct 21, 2014

This useful, well-illustrated book is a great source for foraging from the wild in the Pacific Northwest. The introductory section lists wild edibles season by season. I view these edibles as complementary to my fenced garden. My go-to gardening books are the Sunset: Western Garden Book and Western Garden Book of Edibles. Our lot and neighbourhood has quite a range of habitats and I subscribe to concept of encouraging productive native trees and shrubs and eliminating those nasty invasives.

Another good reference is Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples by Turner, Nancy J.. But I think that the organization of Douglas Deur's new book is better suited for harvesting as it describes each well photographed food plant with the subheadings of: How to identify, Where and when to gather, How to gather, How to eat, Future harvest, and finally Warnings.

I have had considerable success in encouraging evergreen huckleberry, yerba buena, and serviceberry. I am going to have a go at harvesting seaweed, stonecrop and pickleweed and some of the ferns from the wild. I really like the idea of using native plants for landscaping and might as well use edible ones like Indian plum, high-bush cranberry and soapberry. I will probably have to protect them from the DEER until they are well established! tfc


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