Edible Wild Plants

Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate

Kallas, John

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Edible Wild Plants
Imagine what you could do with eighteen delicious new greens in your dining arsenal including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel, and wild mustard. John Kallas makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you've unknowingly passed by all your life. Through gorgeous photographs, playful, but authoritative text, and ground-breaking design he gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying edible wild plants. Edible Wild Plants divides plants into four flavor categories -- foundation, tart, pungent, and bitter. Categorizing by flavor helps readers use these greens in pleasing and predictable ways. According to the author, combining elements from these different categories makes the best salads.

Publisher: Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423601500
Branch Call Number: 581.632 K145e 2010
Characteristics: 416 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Whether looking to enhance a diet or identify which plants can be eaten for survival, the extensive information on wild foods will help readers determine the appropriate stage of growth and how to properly prepare these highly nutritious greens.

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Mar 28, 2015
  • rswcove rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What I like about this book is that it focuses on, as another reviewer commented, weeds. This makes this book on wild edibles useful across far more regions of British Columbia and indeed North America than many other books on the subject. It also makes the wise choice of sticking with a few very common wild edibles rather than trying to catalogue everything under the sun. This is a highly readable and highly useful guide.

Jun 21, 2012
  • dfpoz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This has proven to be a great book. Yet another that I want in my home library as a resource!

Very inspirational & informative. I'm hoping that the author does some follow up volumes.

I'm very interested in how to use foraged plants, particularly from my own yard & where I go for walks. Something more than wild berries. This is certainly the book for that!! It also helps in giving me ideas of what to look for at the Farmers Markets w/the stalls for the venders who forage.

Dec 14, 2011
  • happygirl15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

How amazing is it that a lot of the "weeds" growing around us are excellent, nutritious food sources. Corporate programming, anyone???>>>>Rant: How annoying that I've been programmed to rip out these "weeds" from my flower beds and perfect suburban lawn that requires gas mowers and blowers that pollute as much as, or more than, cars; that pollutes our water supply with chemicals; and wastes limited fresh water resources on keeping it green.


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