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Top Rated Field Guides to Edible Wild Plants

The plants native to your area are exposed to the same microscopic enemies that you are exposed to and therefore may contain compounds and properties that can provide you with healthful, immune enhancing qualities. Many are delicious too, and absolutely free for the picking. These guides are a great way to get started harvesting local wild foods.


A Forager's Harvest The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
by Samuel Thayer
A practical guide to all aspects of edible wild plants.
Color photos throughout.
Paperback, 368 pages $22.95 - Learn more
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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
by Lee Allen Peterson, Roger Tory Peterson (Editor), Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator), Lee Allen Peterson (Illustrator), Lee Allen Peterson (Photographer)
More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, are described, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing how to recognize each species. Paperback, 352 pages $19.00

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Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide
by Thomas S. Elias, Peter A. Dykeman
Season-by-season guide to more than 200 edible plants. Includes preparations, jellies, pie recipes, a seasonal key to plant sand over five hundred color photo.
Paperback, 272 pages, $19.95

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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants
by Steve Brill, Evelyn Dean
A sensibly organized, comprehensive guide to edible wild plants. Covers plants you'll encounter in urban and suburban settings. Identification, plus recipes. 
Paperback, 336 pages $21.95

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Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
by Bradford Angier, David Foster
Over 100 color illustrations make identification simple and certain Where to find the plants and easy recipes for enjoying the fruits of your foraging.
Paperback, 282 pages. $21.95

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Stalking the Wild Asparagus Stalking the Wild Asparagus
by Euell Gibbons, John McPhee
Euell Gibbons sought out wild plants and made them into delicious dishes. His book includes recipes for vegetable and casserole dishes, breads, cakes, muffins and twenty different pies. He also shows how to make numerous jellies, jams, teas, and wines, and how to sweeten them with wild honey or homemade maple syrup.
Paperback, 303 pages. $17.50
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