Family Foraging: A Fun Guide to Gathering and Eating Wild Plants

Family Foraging: A Fun Guide to Gathering and Eating Wild Plants

by David Hamilton


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The ultimate family-friendly guide to foraging with kids.

Children are natural foragers — they love to get outside and search for hidden treasures. And once they get the foraging bug, there’s no turning back. Before you know it, they’ll be asking where they can find the sweetest summer berries or the best wild apple trees.
This fun handbook includes information on finding 30 of the most commonly found wild plants in North America. You can find most of the plants in your nearest forest, park, and sometimes, even in your own backyard.  In addition to identification information, the book includes clear instructions on how to best prepare these delicious wild foods with kid-friendly recipes like Puffball Kebabs, Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, and Wild Raspberry Muffins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611806847
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 726,999
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

DAVID HAMILTON has been growing his own food for over 17 years and foraging for wild food for a lot longer. He holds an honors degree in nutrition and food science and a diploma in sustainable horticulture. He has been teaching wild food since 2005, and his students have included TV's Mary Berry, Ben Fogle, National Trust Wardens and members of the British Army. He has written three books: The Self-Sufficientish Bible (Hodder), which achieved national and international critical acclaim; the award-winning Grow Your Food for Free; and Wild Ruins, an Amazon top 10 seller. Dave writes for a number of publications including Countryfile Magazine, Walk, Discover Britain, the Guardian and Gardener's World Magazine.

Table of Contents

Foraging Basics 6

Introduction 8

Why Forage 10

How to Forage Safely 12

What to Wear and What to Bring 13

Where to Forage 14

What you Need in the Kitchen 22

Conservation 23

Spring 24

Nettle 26

Dandelion 30

Wild Ramps 34

Goosefoot 38

Chickweed 42

Spearmint 44

Garlic Mustard 48

Plantain 52

Summer 54

Wild Cherry 56

Elder 60

Wild Blueberry 64

Virginia Glasswort 68

Sheep's Sorrel 70

Giant Puffball 74

Wild Radish 78

Virginian Strawberry 80

Wild Plum 84

Blackberry 88

Fall 92

Apple 94

Rose 98

Hawthorn 102

Black Raspberry 106

Beech 110

Cep 112

Hazelnut 116

Sweet Chestnut 120

Staghorn Sumac 124

Winter 128

Wood Sorrel 130

Sea Beet 132

Birch 136

Index 140

About the Author 142

Thanks To 142

Picture Credits 143

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