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Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eatby Ellen Zachos
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You don't need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You'll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.
"Foraging is all the culinary rage these days, but the idea of harvesting backyard Ã¢Â€Â˜shrooms for use in store-bought pasta and salads may be off putting to those scared of severe hallucinations. But Zachos, who leads foraging walks and teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, ushers the reader safely through the foliage where ants and beetles roam and into the enlightened land, where sheep sorrel, chickweed, dandelion, sumac, and prickly pear become edible parts on the most discerning palate. Unfamiliar edibles are described at length, with instructions for their harvest and preparation time when cooking. With such wholesome food comes also vindication: our parents really were wrong when they said we couldn't eat acorns. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[An] impressively comprehensive guide by horticulturist Zachos, who stresses the 'ease and elegance' of foraging familiar plants — greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers, and fungi — in yards and nearby environs....Eye-catching sidebars on legality, quick plant identification, food-preparation tips, and more accompany the main text, which is abundantly illustrated with full-color photos throughout." Booklist
"There is a food frontier nine steps from your backdoor, and Ellen Zachos is giving a tour. In this beautiful and accessible guidebook, she introduces us to the culinary use of a wealth of free, exotic, and gourmet produce that almost nobody knew existed." Samuel Thayer, Author of Nature's Garden and The Forager's Harvest
"This is the book I had when I first got interested in eating 'wild'." Gary Lincoff, Instructor, New York Botanical Garden and Author of The Joy of Foraging
"A worthy and eye-opening addition to anyone's personal wild food library." John Kallas, director of Wild Food Adventures
"Suddenly, a walk through the garden becomes a treasure hunt." Daniel Klein, chef, film producer, and founder of The Perennial Plate
Eat Your Way Around the Block
Discover food in the plant life all around you: your backyard, your front yard, or a nearby park or vacant lot might be rich with edible possibilities. Ellen Zachos, an experienced foraging guide, safely leads you through harvesting etiquette, plant identification, and tips on how to eat the leaves, flowers, nuts, seeds, roots, and mushrooms that are there for the taking. Foraging — the fun, safe, and free way to eat locally.
About the Author
Ellen Zachos leads foraging walks and currently teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, where she received her certification in Commercial Horticulture and Ethnobotany. She writes two blogs, which can be found at downanddirtygardening.com and gardenbytes.com and has written numerous gardening books and contributed to publications including Horticulture and Better Homes & Gardens.
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