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Backyard Foraging by Ellen Zachos had me intrigued as soon as I saw the tag line "65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat." When I think of foraging, I think of going way out into the woods and wilds to find some exotic mushroom, but this book literally instructs you on eating things already in your backyard.
The first chapter covers some guidelines for foraging, basics like always be sure of the plant before you eat it and get permission before collecting on private land. The remainder of the book gives profiles for each of the 65 edible plants, separating them into chapters entitled: greens, flowers and fruit, nuts and seeds, roots, and mushrooms. The 7th chapter is called "Superstars", focusing on plants which have many edible parts. The last chapter describes how to use and preserve your harvest.
Hosta shoots, spruce tips, red bud trees, canna lily, and milkweed were the listed edibles most surprising to me. There were about 15 plants mentioned in the book that I already had in my backyard. Some I knew were edible but many that I didn't know. It also gave me some ideas for multitasking plants to include in the future. Now we will see if I can convince my husband to eat the milkweed we have growing all over the place...
Note: My book review posts are all books I have checked out from the library unless otherwise specified.