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A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America

A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides(R))  



  • Lee Allen Peterson (Illustrator, Photographer)
  • Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator, Series Editor)


  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039592622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395926222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.76 ounces


Book Description

More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses. 

About the Author(s)

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the Peterson Field Guides® are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.  


How To Eat Nature, July 30, 2001

If you’re like me and you enjoy trying to eat leaves and berries that you find while hiking and wandering about in nature, this is a handy book to own. The Peterson who wrote this book (son of the Peterson of the many, many wildlife guidebooks writer) is also a forest forrager and details some other cool books to own in the Introduction (including Stalking Wild Asparagus..excellent). I searched for a while to find a guide that would not only easily ID edible berries, roots and leaves..but also give recipe-like tips on how to prepare said roots and leaves..and they do here. Who knew, for example, that one could make a cool and refreshing beverage from staghorn sumac? Crafty! Guide is sub-divided into several search methods: color, plant-type (berry, leaf) and includes many color plates along with ink drawings to help to be sure that Amanita spp. mushroom you’re eating won’t cause you trouble later! And, the final great feature of the Peterson guides is that the front and back covers are tough so that you can make your copy go camping with you over many moons and you won’t wear out your book. Nice!