by Samuel Thayer
super-strong sewn binding, 368 pages, 218 photos, full color
6 x 9 x 0.7 inches, 1.6 lbs.
This classic book on edible wild plants is a favorite of naturalists and survival instructors throughout North America. It has been a perennial top seller on this subject. Rather than cover hundreds of plants in abbreviated accounts like the typical field guide, the author has chosen a smaller selection of species to discuss in exhaustive detail, including only those plants he has eaten fifty times or more. Over 120,000 copies sold!
Plants included in this books are: Basswood, Black Locust, Burdock, Butternut, Cattail, Choke Cherry, Ground Bean, Evening Primrose, Highbush Cranberry, Hopniss, Lamb's Quarter, Marsh Marigold, Milkweed, Nanny Berry, Ostrich Fern, Parsnip, Pin Cherry,
Service Berry, Sheep Sorrel, Siberian Elm, Smilax, Spring Beauty, Stinging Nettle, Sumac, Swamp Saxifrage, Thistle, Virginia Waterleaf, Wapato, Wild Grape, Wild Leek, Wild Rice, and Wood Nettle.
by Samuel Thayer
super-strong sewn binding, 512 pages, 512 photos, full color
6 x 9 x 1.1 inches, 2.1 lbs.
The second book in this series, Nature's Garden follows the same format as The Forager's Harvest, covering a whole new but equally fantastic set of plants. This is a detailed guide to all aspects of using the plants, from identifying and collecting through preparation. Covers 41 plants in-depth and the text is accompanied by multiple color photos. This is one of the most highly acclaimed foraging books ever written, and has remained among the top selling wild-food titles nationally since its publication. Over 75,000 copies sold!
Plant included in this book are: Amaranth, American and Beaked Hazel, American Lotus, Aronia, Autumn Olive, Black Cherry, Black Nightshade, Black Walnut, Blueberry, Bog Cranberry, Bugleweed, Bunchberry, Wild Carrot, Chicory, Cow Parsnip, Ox-Eye Daisy, Dandelion, Dock (several), Elderberry, False Solomon's Seal, Garlic Mustard, Hackberry, Honewort, Black Huckleberry, Jerusalem-artichoke, Wild Lettuces, Mayapple, Maypop, New Jersey Tea, Oaks, Wild Plum, Prenanthes, Prickly Pear, Salsify, Sandcherry, Soloman's Seal, Sow-thistle, Wild Strawberry, Toothwort, Trout lily, and
by Samuel Thayer
super-strong sewn binding, 478 pages, full color
6x9x0.7 inches, 2 pounds
This book covers 36 of the best edible wild plants in North America: fruits, berries, nuts, shoots, leafy greens, root vegetables, culinary herbs, teas, and syrups that boast exceptional flavor and nutrition. The plants chosen represent every habitat and every region in North America, from the northern forests to the southwest deserts, from the largest cities to the wildest mountains. Rather than cover hundreds of species in brief accounts that leave the reader unsure of how to proceed, Samuel Thayer encourages readers to thoroughly learn one plant at a time. Each of these traditional foods has a rich culinary and cultural history―a wholesome past that is still relevant for our health and happiness today. The text is fully accessible to the novice, but remains botanically accurate and has the in-depth information that seasoned foragers crave.
Sharing the wisdom of a lifetime of daily foraging, the author answers all of the reader’s questions about each plant: How do I identify it? What might I confuse it with? Where can I find it? What part do I use, and when is it ready to be picked? How do I gather and prepare it? How can I be sure to harvest it responsibly? This discussion is accompanied by more than 350 color photos showing all the key features for identification, including potentially confusing species. Photos also depict the exact parts to use and the proper stage for collection. All of this is delivered in a familiar but authoritative tone, along with humorous anecdotes and insights from extensive real-life experience with each plant covered in the book.
Incredible Wild Edibles contains an index, bibliography, illustrated glossary, range maps, and foraging calendar. This third volume in Thayer’s Forager’s Harvest series has no overlap of the plants covered in the first two volumes.
Plants included in this book are: Black Mustard, Bladder Campion, Sweet Flag (Calamus), Caraway, Chickweed, Chufa, Creeping Bellflower, Fennel, Wild Garlic, Gooseberry, Hickory, Hops, Japanese Knotweed, Kentucky Coffeetree, Maple, Miner's Lettuce, Mulberry, Pawpaw, Persimmon, Poke, Prairie Turnip, Purple Poppy Mallow, Purslane, Quickweed, Rose, Sassafras, Shepherd's Purse, Sochane, Strawberry Spinach, Sweetroot (Sweet Cicely, Aniseroot), Violet, Watercress, Water Parsnip, Wild Radishes, Wintercress
The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Edible Plants
Samuel Thayer's first published book about wild edible plants. Covers 31 plants and contain 218 color photos. There is no overlap in the plants covered in his 3 books. All books contain different plants.
Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Samuel Thayer's second book about wild edible plants. Contains 41 plants (all different than the first book), 512 pages in length, and 512 color pictures.
Incredible Wild Edibles: 36 Plants That Can Change Your Life by Samuel Thayer
Sam's 3rd book on wild edible plants. There is no overlap in what is covered in this book or his previous 2 books.